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USAT City of Houston

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Laid down in 1919 as the Cargo ship SS Lake Strymon at McDougall-Duluth Shipbuilding, Duluth, MN.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed, November 1919
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board in April 1920
  • Sold to Southern Steamship Co., Philadelphia, PA., date unknown
  • Name changed to SS City of Houston, date unknown
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 1 June 1942, from the Southern Steamship Co. at Galveston, TX.
  • Time Charter to Agwilines Inc, 1 June 1942
  • Delivered to the War Department, 14 June 1943, as a sub bare bottom charter, at Hoboken, N.J.
  • Re-delivered to Southern Steamship Co., 4 January 1946, at Shanghai, China
  • Sold to the Republic of China by Southern Steamship Co., 4 January 1946, for $153,535.39, renamed SS Hai Wai
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,609 gross tons
    Length 251'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 10.7 kts
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Triple expansion steam engine
    single shaft, 1,500shp

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