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USAT Charles L. Wheeler Jr.

  • Laid down in 1907 as the Cargo ship SS Point Judith at Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board in August 1918
  • In 1920 SS Point Judith was sold to Pacific Mail Steamship Co.
  • Resold in 1925 to Swayne & Hoyt for service in its Gulf -Pacific Line
  • Resold in 1929 to McCormick Steamship Co. under Pope & Talbot operation, renamed SS Charles L. Wheeler Jr.
  • Purchased by the War Shipping Administration, 17 July 1942, at Seattle, WA. from Pope & Talbot Inc. for $120,000.00
  • Custody assigned to the War Department, 17 July 1942, Commissioned USAT Charles L. Wheeler Jr.
  • Laid up, 24 September 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Declared surplus to the War Shipping Administrations needs, 13 April 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 January 1948, to Franklin Shipwrecking Co. (PD-X-411 dated 31 October 1947) for $19,589.89, Withdrawn, 3 February 1948, Scrapped at the yard of Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co., Seattle, WA.
    Displacement 2,685 gross tons
    Length 289'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 21'6"
    Speed unknown
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Triple expansion steam engine 1400shp
    single shaft

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    USAT Charles L. Wheeler
    Charles L. Wheeler Jr. 84k USAT Charles L. Wheeler Jr. makes the first passage by a deep-sea commercial vessel through Bonneville Lock, Columbia River, 4 July 1938.
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    Charles L. Wheeler Jr. 101k USAT Charles L. Wheeler Jr. transiting downstream through Bonneville Lock, Columbia River, 12 July1938.
    Washington State Archives

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