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USAMRS William F. Fitch
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
Marine Repair Ship:
Built in 1901-02 as the laker SS William F. Finch by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Wyandotte, MI.
Launched, date unknown
Completed and delivered in April 1902 to the Franklin Transportation Co.
Sold in 1923 to Pioneer Steamship Co.
Resold in 1923 to Jenkins Steamship Co.
Resold in 1934 to Detroit & Cleveland Steamship Co., converted to an auto carrier
Title acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 9 July 1942, from the Detroit and Cleveland Steam Ship Co.
Allocated to the War Department, 11 September 1943
Modified for service as a Marine Repair Ship, dates and location unknown
USAMRS William F. Fitch was operated by a Coast Guard crew with administrative control retained by the Army
USAMRS William F. Fitch was assigned to the Southwest Pacific Area during World War II
Delivered by the War Department, 3 February 1947, to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
Withdrawn and delivered from the Astoria Reserve Fleet, 28 December 1948, to the Detroit and Cleveland Steam Ship Co., just compensation $200,000.00
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1951
Displacement 3,982 t. gross
Cruise Radius unknown
Fuel Capacities unknown
one reciprocating steam engine
single shaft, 1,800 shp
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||SS William F. Fitch underway as an auto carrier on the Great Lakes while in merchant service for the Great Lakes Transit Corp.,
HCGL /Main Image ID 001653
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Last Updated 15 February 2019
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