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USAT Florida

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built in 1931 as the Passenger ship SS Florida by Newport News Ship Building an Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. for Peninsular & Occidental Steamship Co.
  • Launched in 1931
  • Delivered in 1931
  • SS Florida operated the Miami to Havana service for the Peninsular & Occidental until World War II
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 1 January 1942, from Peninsular & Occidental at Havana, Cuba Redelivered, 17 July 1946, Peninsular & Occidental Steamship Co.
  • Refitted and refinished and returned to passenger service
  • Sold in September 1955 to a Liberian owner, reflagged Panama
  • Sold in 1967 to a Montreal owner, refurbished as a luxury floating hotel, renamed La Palais Flotant
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1968
    Displacement 4,945 gross tons
    Length 388'
    Beam 56
    Draft unknown
    Speed 10.5 kts
    Officers unknown
    Crew unknown
    Armed Guard unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacityunknown
    Cargo Capacity 105,200 cu ft
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Propulsion unknown
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    Merchant Service
    Florida 19k Post card image of SS Florida moving up the channel at Miami, FL, as she arrives from Cuba, date unknown.  
    Florida 18k Painting of SS Florida under way, date and location unknown.  
    Florida 185k Stern view of SS Florida date and location unknown.  

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