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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
    Length 395'
    Beam 49'
    Draft 35'
    Speed 14 kts.
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Passenger Capacity, 1,350
    Cargo Capacity 1,000 t.
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft 3,500shp

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    Merchant Service
    David W. Branch 54k The Royal West Indian Mail Service passenger liner SS Ecuador under way in 1915, location unknown.
    David W. Branch 50k The Grace Line passenger liner SS Santa Olivia under way in New York, Harbor, circa 1931-35.
    David W. Branch 62k The Zim line passenger liner SS Negbah under way, circa 1948-56, location unknown.

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