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USAT Sherman
USAT Mobile (1898 - 1899)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of Awards is from left to right
Spanish Campaign Medal - Philippines Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal

  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Mobile by Harland and Wolff at Belfast, Ireland
  • Launched 17 November 1892
  • Completed 27 July 1893
  • Purchased from the African Steamship Co., 14 July 1898,
  • Assigned to the U.S. Army Transport Service, commissioned USAT Mobile
  • Renamed USAT Sherman, 9 January 1899, in honor of LT. Gen. William T. Sherman, commanding general of the Army of the Tennessee and of the Military Division of the Mississippi during the Civil War, and of the U.S. Army 1869-83
  • Assigned to the A.T.S. Pacific Fleet with home port at Fort Mason, CA.
  • Made several voyages between 14 May and 30 July 1920 to evacuate elements of the Czech Legion from Vladivostok and disembarked them at Fiume, Croatia
  • Awarded the E banner for Pacific-based transports for 1921
  • Performed her final voyage for the U.S. Army Transport Service in June 1922
  • Laid up, 10 June 1922, at San Francisco, CA., custody transferred U.S. Shipping Board
  • Sold to the Los Angeles Steam Ship Company, 15 November 1922, and renamed as the SS Calawaii
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in December 1933 at Osaka, Japan
    Displacement 7,217 t.
    Length 445'5"
    Beam 50'2"
    Draft 30'
    Speed unknown
    Officers unknown
    Crew unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity100 officers, 1,200 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Propulsion one triple expansion engines, 499 nhp
    single propellers

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    USAT Sherman
    General Sherman 180k

    William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator and author. He served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War (186165), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the "scorched earth" policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States.
    Tommy Trampp
    41k USAT Sherman and USS Baltimore in Manila Harbor, 26 October 1899.
    Photo by Joshua Fulton Ensor (1836-1907). Ensor family papers, Manuscripts Annex - Photo album (1898-1899)" Photographs 12274. University of South Carolina. South Caroliniana Library
    Robert Hurst
    251k Painting of USAT Sherman underway. Signed CAPT. Graves 1 January 1903.
    Courtesy Vallejo Gallery.
    Robert Hurst
    Sherman 34k Post card image of USAT Sherman underway, dated 15 July 1909. Tommy Trampp
    Sherman 387k USAT Sherman In port, circa the 1910s. The original image is printed on postcard (AZO) stock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 105097 Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.
    US Army Order of Battle 1914-1941 Vol 4
    59k Hand tinted post card image of USAT Sherman docked at the U.S. Transportation Service Pier No. 12 in San Francisco, circa 1909.
    Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Viola Grilnberger Connelly Collection, GOGA-1766
    Robert Hurst
    313k Post card image of USAT Sherman landing 1st Infantry at Honolulu, T.H. in 1912. Mike Taylor
    Sherman 67k Post card image of USAT Sherman underway, dated 14 March 1916. Tommy Trampp
    Sherman 199k USAT Sherman at anchor, date and location unknown. US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Merchant Service
    Sherman 126k Post card image of Ex-USAT Sherman in merchant service as the Los Angeles Steamship Companies liner SS Calawaii, dated 14 June 1931 Tommy Trampp
    Sherman 189k Advertisement poster for the Los Angeles Steamship Companies liner SS Calawaii Tommy Trampp

    USAT Sherman history is from US Army Order of Battle 1914-1941 Vol 4
    Commanding Officers (Masters)
    01CAPT. Fish, H. C. Fish, ATS3 August 1920 - 14 September 1920
    02CAPT. McLellan, Edgar S., ATS14 September 1920 - April 1922
    03CAPT. Kerr, L. R. M., ATSApril 1922 - 15 November 1922

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