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USAT Comet

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 1906-07 as the passenger ship SS Camden at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME. for the Eastern Steam Ship Co.
  • Launched in 1907
  • Delivered in 1907 to Eastern Steam Ship Co.
  • Sold in 1936 to Colonial Line of the Colonial Navigation Co. renamed SS Comet
  • Purchased by the War Shipping Administration, 31 March 1942, at New York from Colonial Steamship Co.
  • Bare bottom chartered to the War Department, 31 March 1942
  • Commissioned USAT Comet, date unknown
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Declared surplus to the needs of the War Department, 9 July 1947, at Fort Shafter, Honolulu, T.H.
  • Sold, 16 March 1948 to Asia Development Corp. (PD-X-426) for $24,769.00. towed to Shanghai, reflagged China, renamed SS Wansu
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Hong Kong in 1950
    Displacement 2,153 gross t.
    Length 320'
    Beam 40'
    Draft 16'
    Speed unknown
    Radius unknown
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted unknown
    Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity unknown
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    three steam turbine engines
    one propeller 5,000shp

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    Arrow 64k Post card image of SS Comet or SS Arrow under way in the colors of the Colonial Steamship Co.
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