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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  • Withdrawn and delivered from the Astoria Reserve Fleet, 28 December 1948, to the Detroit and Cleveland Steam Ship Co., just compensation $200,000.00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
    Length 391'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 30'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 1,800 shp

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    William F. Fitch 46k SS William F. Fitch underway as an auto carrier on the Great Lakes while in merchant service for the Great Lakes Transit Corp., circa 1934-1942.
    HCGL /Main Image ID 001653
    Bowling Green State University-Great Lakes Vessels Online

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