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USAT Northern Sword

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Cargo Ship :
  • Laid down in 1918, as the cargo ship SS Norma for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) / United Fruit Co. at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched in 1918
  • Delivered in 1918 to United Fruit Co.
  • Sold to Sword Steamship Co., date unknown, renamed SS Northern Sword
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 16 September 1941, at New York City as a time charter from Sword Steamship Co.
  • Operated as a time charter by Sword Steamship Co. from 16 September 1941 to 6 November 1942
  • Allocated, 6 November 1942, to the War Department Transportation Corp. as a bare bottom charter
  • Final Disposition, lost by collision, 8 February 1943
    Displacement 2,648 gross tons
    Length 300'
    Beam 45'
    Draft 25'
    Speed 10.5 kts
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 1,700shp

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