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Lost to enemy action, 16 June 1943

USAT Portmar


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 West Minisi for the United State Shipping Board (USSB) at Mobile Shipbuilding, Mobile, AL.
  • Launched in 1919
  • Construction contract cancelled, date unknown
  • Completed privately in 1919
  • Delivered in December 1919 to the United States Shipping Board
  • Acquired in 1930 by Calmar Steamship Co., renamed SS Portmar
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 20 November 1941, at Portland, OR. as a time charter from Calmar Steamship Co.
  • Operated by Calmar Steamship Co. as a time charter from 20 November 1941 to 17 November 1942
  • Reacquired by the War Shipping Administration, 18 December 1942, from Calmar Steamship Co. as a bare bottom charter
  • Allocated, 18 December 1942, to the War Department Transportation Corp. as a sub bare bottom charter
  • Purchased, 16 July 1944, by the War Department at Brisbane, Australia
  • Final Disposition, torpedoed and sunk by IJN I-174, 16 June 1943, while enroute from Sydney to Brisbane in Convoy GP 55, southeast of Coff's Harbor off Smoky Cape, New South Wales, Australia with the loss of two crew members
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,550 gross tons
    Length 410'
    Beam 54'
    Draft 30'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Propulsion
    one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 2,800shp

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