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USAT McClellan

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal

  • Built by Wigham Richardson & Company, Newcastle, England
  • Launched in 1885 as SS Port Victor
  • Purchased by the Quartermaster Department, 8 July 1898, from the Irwin, McBride, and Catherwood Co.
  • Assigned into the U.S. Army Transport Service
  • Renamed USAT McClellan in February 1899 in honor of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, commanding general of the Army of the Potomac, 1861-62
  • Assigned to the A.T.S. Atlantic Fleet
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, laid up at Pier No. 1 at the Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
  • Recommissioned by May 1917
  • USAT McClellan sailed to France 16 June 1917 and arrived at St. Nazaire 1 July
  • She remained at St. Nazaire under the control of the port Quartermaster and functioned as a refrigerator storage ship throughout World War I
  • Sold to the French government, 3 December 1919, and renamed SS Hastler, reflagged France
  • Caught fire at Antwerp, Belgium, in 1920
  • Final Disposition, sold and scrapped in 1922
    Displacement 3,006 t.
    Length 336'
    Beam 38.2'
    Draft 27.5'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Propulsion unknown
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    McClellan 38k

    George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826 – October 29, 1885) was an American soldier, civil engineer, railroad executive, and politician. A graduate of West Point, McClellan served with distinction during the Mexican–American War (1846–1848), and later left the Army to work in railroads until the outbreak of the American Civil War (1861–1865). Early in the war, McClellan was appointed to the rank of major general and played an important role in raising a well-trained and organized army, which would become the Army of the Potomac in the Eastern Theater; he served a brief period (November 1861 to March 1862) as general-in-chief of the Union Army.
    Tommy Trampp
    McClellan 128k USAT McClellan circa 1917 or earlier. Originally built in 1885 as the British merchantman SS Port Victor, she was acquired by the U.S. Army in 1898 and served as an Army Transport until 1919, when she was sold. The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 101987
    Tommy Trampp
    McClellan 218k USAT McClellan moored pierside at Galveston. TX. in 1914. Note the two other army transports moored aft of McClellan. Tommy Trampp
    McClellan 77k USAT McClellan loading at Galveston. TX. in 1914. Tommy Trampp
    McClellan 32k USAT McClellan underway with a tug alongside in the harbor at Galveston, TX., date unknown Tommy Trampp

    USAT McClellan history is from US Army Order of Battle 1914-1941 Vol 4
    US Army Transportation Service Ship's Master
    01CAPT. Tucker, R. W., A.T.S.11 June 1917 - 19 June 1918

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