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USAT Copiapo

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built in 1937 as the Passenger ship SS Copiapo for Compaina Sud Americana de Vapores, Valparaiso, Chile at Nakskov Skibs A/S Nakskov, Denmark
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered date unknown
  • Accepted from Chile by the War Shipping Administration, date unknown
  • Purchased by the War Shipping Administration in August 1943 from the Chilean Lines for $2,000,000.00
  • Taken over by the War Department in August 1943 as a bare bottom charter
  • Converted to a troopship by Bethlehem Steels Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD. between August 1943 and March 1944
  • USAT Copiapo served primarily in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II
  • Released to the War Shipping Administration, 9 February 1946, at New York
  • Delivered by the War Shipping Administration, 9 February 1946, to Alcoa Steamship Co. Inc.
  • Laid up, 11 April 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Sold, 17 August 1947 to the Republic of Turkey for $483,333.33
  • Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 10 June 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,473 gross tons
    Length 440'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 23'8"
    Speed 15.5 kts
    Officers unknown
    Crew unknown
    Armed Guard unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity 1,660
    Cargo Capacity 94,236 cu ft
    Cruise Radius 3,500 nm
    Diesel engine
    single shaft

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    Copiapo 115k USAT Copiapo moored pierside, date and location unknown "Troopships of World War II"

    USAT Copiapo 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
    Chilean Lines brochure
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