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USAT Vannes

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1919 as SS Lake Flatonia for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) at McDougall-Duluth, NM
  • Launched in 1919
  • Completed in 1919 and delivered to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Acquired in 1926 by the Baltimore & Tampa Steamship Co.
  • Acquired in 1926 by the New England, New York & Texas Steamship Corp
  • Acquired in 1927 by the Newtex Corp.
  • Renamed SS Texas Planter in 1932
  • Acquired in 1934 by the McCormick Steamship Co.
  • Renamed SS West Planter in 1935
  • Acquired in 1937 by the Silverado Steamship Co.
  • Acquired in 1940 by the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, renamed SS Vannes reflagged France
  • Acquired in 1940 by the U.S. Maritime Commission, reflagged Panama
  • Acquired, 7 February 1942, as a bare bottom charter by the War Shipping Administration at Oakland, CA. from the U.S. Maritime Commission
  • Allocated, 25 April 1942, under a General Agency Agreement to Pope & Talbot (McCormick Steamship Co. Div.)
  • Allocated, 13 July 1942, to the War Department, Transportation Corps. as a sub bare bottom charter
  • Re-delivered, 1 November 1945, to the French Government, dealt to Leon Mazella, reflagged Algeria
  • Renamed SS Cap de Fer
  • Acquired in 1951 by the Ritalex Navigation Co., renamed SS Aristalex, reflagged Costa Rica
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,609 gross tons
    Length 251'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 28'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft 1,500shp

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    Vannes 47k SS Lake Flatonia moored pierside at Boston, MA., date unknown Bowling Green University - Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

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