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USAT Barbara Olsen

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built in 1918 as the Laker SS Corrales by Manitowoc Shipbuilding, Manitowoc, WI., for the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Launched in 1918
  • Delivered in November 1918 to the USSB
  • Acquired in 1925 by Pillsbury-Curtis
  • Acquired in 1931 by Los Angeles Steamship Co.
  • Acquired in 1934 by California Steamship Co.
  • Acquired in 1935 by Matson Navigation Co.
  • Purchased by Oliver J. Olsen & Co. in 1940, named changed to SS Barbara Olsen
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 25 July 1942, from Oliver J. Olsen & Co.
  • Allocated, 25 July 1942, to the War Department under bare bottom charter from the War Shipping Administration
  • Re-delivered, 14 January 1946, to Oliver J. Olsen & Co.
  • Sold in April 1946 to Industrias Alimenticias Huachoa, reflagged Peru, renamed SS Rio Pastaza
  • Final Disposition, beached at Pimentol, Peru, 8 October 1964, after developing uncontrollable leaks. Declared a constructive total loss
    Displacement 2,146 gross tons
    Length 251'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 23'
    Speed unknown
    Officers unknown
    Crew unknown
    Armed Guard unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single propeller, 1,250shp

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    Barbara Olsen 65k SS Barbara Olsen under way, circa 1940, location unknown. Bowling Green University - Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

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