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USAT Cristobal


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Transport:
  • Built in 1939 as the Passenger/Cargo ship MV Cristobal for the Panama Canal R.R. Co. at Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 22 July 1925
  • Delivered, 11 August 1939 to the Panama Canal R.R. Co.
  • Custody transferred to the War Department, 7 January 1942
  • Altered for troopship service at Atlantic Basin Iron Works and Bethlehem Steel at New York in January 1942
  • Outside of one voyage to Australia USAT Cristobal's entire military service was between the United States and Europe
  • Re-delivered in January 1946 to the Panama Canal R.R. Co.
  • Sold for scrapping, 10 November 1981, to Consolidated Andy Inc., Brownsville, TX. (PD-X-1041) for $205,140.00, scrapped in the Spring of 1983
    Specifications:
    Displacement 10,021 gross tons
    Length 493'6"
    Beam 64'
    Draft 26'7"
    Speed 17 kts
    Complement
    Officers unknown
    Crew unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity 1,768
    Cargo Capacity 42,900 cu ft
    Cruise Radius 20,000 nm
    Propulsion
    two Diesel engines
    twin shafts

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    Merchant Service Pre and Post World War II
    Cristobal 85k Pen and ink drawing of MV Cristobal under way.  
    Cristobal 197k MV Cristobal moored pierside at Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone, date unknown.  
    Cristobal 45k Photo celebrating MV Cristobal's 43 years of service  
    USAT Cristobal
    Cristobal 53k USAT Cristobal under way, date and location unknown.  

    USAT Cristobal history is from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, Published by The Army Transportation Association, Washington, D.C., 1947
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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