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USAT Sea Barb
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
Laid down in August 1943 as SS Sea Barb a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) cargo ship under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 277) at Western Pipe and
Steel Co., South San Francisco, CA.
Launched in 1943
Delivered, 6 August 1943, to the War Shipping Administration and allocated to the War Department as a bare bottom charter
Converted to a troopship by the US Army San Francisco Port of Embarkation Marine Repair Shop, completed in December 1943
Commissioned USAT Sea Barb in December 1943
During World War II USAT Sea Barb was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Returned, 28 October 1946, to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Delivered, 22 April 1948, to Luckenbach Steam Ship Co. under a General Agency Agreement
Sold, 1 March 1949, to Luckenbach Steam Ship Co., renamed SS F.J. Luckenbach
Sold, 1 November 1960, to Pope & Talbot Inc.
Renamed, 9 November 1960, SS P & T Seafarer
Sold, 13 November 1963, to American-Foreign Steamship Co., renamed SS American Hawk
SS American Hawk was limpet mined at Qui Nhon and beached
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping,7 October 1971, to Leung Yau Ship-Breaking Co., Hong Kong
Displacement 8,266 gross t.
Speed 18.5 kts
Passenger Capacity 2,811
Cargo Capacity 187,900 cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
NSFO 8,510 Bbls
Diesel 750 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 465psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
three turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C.
single propeller, 8,500shp
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USAT Sea Barb history is from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, Published by The Army Transportation Association, Washington, D.C., 1947
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