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Ludington (AK-37)
USAT Ludington (1940 - 1942)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

cargo ship :
  • Laid down, 14 January 1920, as the cargo ship SS James Otis for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) at Pusey & Jones, Gloucester, N.J.
  • Launched in 1920
  • Completed and delivered to the United States Shipping Board in 1920
  • Acquired by the War Department Transportation Corp. circa 1930-31, renamed USAT Ludington
  • Assigned to the Navy in 1941, hull number AK-37, never commissioned or placed in service by the Navy
  • Assignment cancelled, 30 May 1942
  • Laid up, 18 February 1947, in the US National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 July 1947, to Franklin Ship Wrecking Co., Hillside, N.J. (PD-X-352 dated 7 May 1937) for $22,389.00. Delivered, 30 July 1947 to Foss Launch & Tug, agent for Franklin Ship Wrecking Co.
    Displacement 8,266 gross tons
    Length 455'
    Beam 60.2'
    Draft 28.5'
    Speed unknown
    Armament two 4"/50 guns (1942)
    Complement 94
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one steam tribune engine
    single shaft, 3,000shp

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    Ludington 119k USAT Ludington moored pierside while loading cargo, circa 1930s, probably at San Francisco. Courtesy Shipscribe. com
    Ludington 103k USAT Ludington moored pierside at US Army Port of Embarkation, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 8 January 1942 Note the addition of a goalpost mast aft of the superstructure.
    US National Archives Record Group RG-111, US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 190724
    Courtesy Shipscribe. com
    Ludington 71k USAT Ludington under way during World War II, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives Record Group RG-111, US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 238518
    Courtesy Shipscribe. com

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database (Note- attached newspaper article in error)

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