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USAT Howell Cobb

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, 28 February 1943, as SS Howell Cobb a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 533) at Permanente Metals Corp Yard No. 1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 30 March 1943
  • Delivered, 12 April 1943 to the War Shipping Administration and assigned to the War Department, Transportation Corps, the same day
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 29 May 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
  • Assigned to the Grain Program in 1954
  • Withdrawn to load grain, 16 August 1954, General Agency Agreement, Olympic Steamship Co.
  • Returned with grain, 26 August 1954
  • Withdrawn to unload grain, 27 February 1961, General Agency Agreement, West coast Steamship Co.
  • Returned empty, 5 March 1961
  • Final Disposition, sold, 30 December 1965, to Foss Launch $ Tug Co. (PD-X-711, two ship purchase) for $120,000.00, Withdrawn, 14 February 1966, by Foss Launch and Tug Co.
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 24' 6"
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement and Troop Accommodations
    Officers 82
    Enlisted 1,204
    Cargo Capacity 2,279 DWT
    non-refrigerated 300,000 Cu ft
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,660 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    one General Machine Corp., vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    single propeller, 2,500shp
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one recip-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.

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