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USAT Aisne

  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Aisne at American International Shipbuilding Co. Hog Island, PA.
  • Launched, 5 June 1920
  • Named in honor of the U.S. Army’s participation in the Aisne campaign in World War I
  • Aisne was the last ship built by the American International Shipbuilding Company for World War I service
  • Delivered to the U.S. Shipping Board, 27 January 1921
  • Transferred to the War Department, 29 January 1921, and assigned to the A.T.S. Atlantic Fleet, homeported at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up, 2 February 1921, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Directed by Executive Order dated 1 February 1922 to be turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board
  • Turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board, 9 January 1923
  • Sold to the American Merchant Line, renamed SS American Merchant
  • Sold in 1940 to the Société Maritime Anversoise, a Belgian shipping firm, reflagged Belgian, renamed SS Ville de Namur
  • Final Disposition, sunk by U-52, 19 June 1940, off La Rochelle, Belgium
    Displacement 12,275 t.(fl)
    Length 448'
    Beam 58' 3"
    Draft 26' (limiting)
    Speed 14.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement unknown
    Passenger capacity unknown
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,000 Bbls
    Diesel 360 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    six Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 200psi Sat.
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three 200Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Aisne 71k Ex-USAT Aisne underway while in merchant service as the American Merchants Line cargo ship SS American Merchant Mariners Museum

    USAT Aisne history is from US Army Order of Battle 1914-1941 Vol 4
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