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NavSource Online: Army Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Laid down in 1920 as SS Taku for the Donald Steamship Co. at Todd Shipyards, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Launched in 1920
Delivered 1920 to the Donald Steamship Co and leased as a banana carrier
Acquired in 1939 by the Alaska Transportation Co. re-fitted as a small cargo ship at Todd Shipyard, Harbor Island, Seattle, WA., rename SS Taku
Acquired 23 May 1942, by the War Shipping Administration at Seattle, WA. from the Alaska Transportation Co.
Allocated, 25 May 1942 as a sub bare bottom charter to the War Department, Transportation Corps.
Allocated, 8 August 1945 under a General Agency Agreement to Alaska Transportation Co., at Seattle, WA.
Re-delivered, 15 May 1946, to the Alaska Transportation Co., at Seattle
Sold, date unknown, reflagged Panama
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,362 gross tons
Troopship Passenger Capacity 12
Cargo Capacity unknown
Cruise Radius unknown
one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
single shaft 1,300shp
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||SS Taku probably soon after being acquired and renamed Taku in 1939 by the Alaska Transportation Co.
||SS Taku probably shown after modification by the Alaska Transportation Co. in 1939-40 for operation in the cold Alaska
climate. The forward deckhouse has been enclosed and the wooden bridge replaced with a more substantial steel one.
||SS Taku just prior to her service in the Army during World War II. She is wearing wartime gray paint and has a
Photo from U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center.
There is no history record for USAT Taku available at NavSource
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
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