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USAT David W. Branch
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Laid down in 1915 as SS Ecuador at DeSchelde Koninklijke, Maalschappij, Flushing, Netherlands, for the Royal West Indian Mail Service, Amsterdam
Launched in 1915
Delivered in September 1915, to the Royal West Indian Mail Service
Sold in, January 1916 the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. of New York, reflagged United States
Sold in 1931 to Grace Line, renamed SS Santa Olivia
Sold in 1936 to Libby, McNeill & Libby, renamed SS David W. Branch
Acquired, 13 April 1942, by the War Shipping Administration, at Seattle from Libby, McNeill & Libby
Allocated to the War Department, 14 July 1942, as a sub bare bottom charter
Grounded and damaged in Alaskan waters, 1 January 1944
Transferred, 8 March 1946, to Alaska Packers Association, Seattle under a General Agency Agreement
Redelivered, 23 April 1946, to Libby, McNeill & Libby
Sold in August 1947 to Cia Victoria de Vapores of Panama, reflagged Panama, renamed SS Luxor
Sold in 1948 to the Zim Line, officially reflagged, Israel, and renamed SS Negbah 26 October 1948
Scrapped in December 1956
Displacement 5,544 gross tons
Speed 14 kts.
Passenger Capacity, 1,350
Cargo Capacity 1,000 t.
Cruise Radius unknown
one reciprocating steam engine
single shaft 3,500shp
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||The Royal West Indian Mail Service passenger liner SS Ecuador under way in 1915, location unknown.
||The Grace Line passenger liner SS Santa Olivia under way in New York, Harbor, circa 1931-35.
||The Zim line passenger liner SS Negbah under way, circa 1948-56, location unknown.
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
www.ssmaritime.com - Zim Line Navigation Company
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