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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Withdrawn to load grain, 16 August 1954, General Agency Agreement, Olympic Steamship Co.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Withdrawn to unload grain, 27 February 1961, General Agency Agreement, West coast Steamship Co.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Final Disposition, sold, 30 December 1965, to Foss Launch $ Tug Co. (PD-X-711, two ship purchase) for $120,000.00, Withdrawn, 14 February 1966, by Foss Launch and Tug Co.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
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
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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