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USAT Norlago

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 in 1919, as the cargo ship SS Fargo for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) at McDougall-Duluth Shipbuilding Co., Duluth, MN.
  • Launched in 1920
  • Delivered in 1920 to United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1922 to Merchant & Miners Transportation Co., renamed SS Nantucket
  • Assigned in 1941 by Merchant & Miners Transportation Co. to their subsidiary North Atlantic & Gulf Steamship Co., renamed SS Norlago
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 11 December 1941, at Boston, MA. as a time charter from North Atlantic & Gulf Steamship Co.
  • Operated as a time charter by North Atlantic & Gulf Steamship Co. from 11 December 1941 to 29 March 1942 for the US Navy
  • Redelivered, 29 March 1942 to Merchant & Miners Transportation Co., by War Shipping Administration at New York for operation as a time charter
  • Allocated, 3 February 1943, to the War Department Transportation Corp. as a sub bare bottom charter
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, date unknown, at Shanghai, China
  • Sold, 29 February 1945, to China Merchants Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.
  • Delivered to China Merchants Steam Navigation Co., 1 February 1946, renamed SS Hai Hsiang, reflagged Republic of China
  • Sold in 1951 to Taiwan Navigation Co. in 1951, renamed SS Chang Hun
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Taiwan in 1952
    Displacement 2,606 gross tons
    Length 351'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 9.5 kts
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 1,500shp

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    Norlago 42k SS Nantucket under way in the Great Lakes, circa 1920s-1940. Bowling Green University - Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

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