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USAT Charles P. Steinmetz


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Freighter:
  • Laid down, 4 February 1943, as SS Charles P. Steinmetz a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) Cargo Ship under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 471) at Kaiser Permanente No.2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 24 March 1943
  • Delivered, 15 March 1943, to the War Shipping Administration, allocated the the War Department the same day
    Named for Charles P. Steinmetz (1865-1923). Charles Proteus Steinmetz was a mathematician, engineer, author, and professor. Steinmetz was prominent in the field of alternating current. His theories and discoveries led to the expansion of the electric power industry in the U.S.
  • Laid up, 30 September 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Brunswick River, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 April 1961, to Union Mining & Alloys (PD-X-600 dated 17 March 1961 for $53,639,89, withdrawn, 3 May 1961
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted unknown
    Cargo Capacity 7,700 DWT
    non-refrigerated 404,274 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Machine Corp. vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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