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Laid down, date unknown, at American International Shipbuilding Co. at Hog Island, PA.
Launched 6 July 1920
Named in honor of the city of Tours, headquarters of the Army Transport Service in France during World War I
Delivered to the U.S. Shipping Board (USSB), 21 January 1921
Transferred to the War Department, 22 January 1921
Assigned to the U.S. Army Transport Service
Further assigned to the A.T.S. Atlantic Fleet with home port at Norfolk, VA.
Concurrently laid up at Norfolk
Directed by Executive Order dated, 1 July 1922, to be turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board
Turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board, 11 January 1923
Sold to the American Merchant Line in early 1924, renamed SS American Shipper
Re-sold to the Société Maritime Anversoise, a Belgian shipping firm, reflagged Belgian, renamed SS Ville de Mons
Final Disposition, sunk, 2 September 1940, by the U-47 off the coast of Northern Ireland/Scotland
Displacement 9,050 t.
Passenger capacity unknown
Fuel Capacities unknown
Propulsion steam turbine
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The city of Tours France was greatly affected by the First World War. A force of 25,000 American soldiers arrived in 1917, setting up textile factories for the
manufacture of uniforms, repair shops for military equipment, munitions dumps, an army post office and an American military hospital at Augustins. Thus Tours became a
garrison town with a resident general staff. The American presence is remembered today by the Woodrow Wilson bridge over the Loire, which was officially opened in July
1918 and bears the name of the man who was President of the USA from 1913 to 1921. Three American air force squadrons, including the 492nd, were based at the
Parçay-Meslay airfield, their personnel playing an active part in the life of the city. Americans paraded at funerals and award ceremonies for the Croix de Guerre; they
also took part in festivals and their YMCA organized shows for the troops. Some men married girls from Tours. Photo of Tours City Hall.
||Ex-USAT Tours underway as the American Merchant Line freighter SS American Shipper, date and location unknown.
US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 4, courtesy Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA.
|US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 4
The history for USAT Tours is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol 4
Last Updated 31 May 2019
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