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USAT Wichita Falls


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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


Wood-hull Lumber Schooner :
  • Laid down in 1919 as SS Lake Fincastle for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) at Toledo Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, OH.
  • Launched in 1920
  • Renamed SS Union Liberty date unknown
  • Delivered in April 1920 to the United States Shipping Board
  • Acquired in 1926 by the Southern Steamship Co.
  • Acquired, 19 September 1942, by the War Shipping Administration at Bayonne, N.J., from Southern Steamship Co. as a time charter
  • Operated as a time charter by Agwilines Inc. from 19 September 1942 to 14 October 1942
  • Re-acquired, 14 October 1942, by the War Shipping Administration at New York, N.Y. as a bare bottom charter from Southern Steamship Co.
  • Allocated, 14 October 1942, as a sub bare bottom charter at New York, N.Y. to the War Department, Transportation Corps
  • Re-delivered, 30 December 1945, to Southern Steamship Co. at Shanghai, China
  • Sold in 1946 to the China Merchants Steam Navigation Co., Ltd., for $153,608.32, renamed SS Hai Su reflagged China
  • Resold in 1951 to the Taiwan Navigation Co., Ltd.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1960
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,559 gross tons
    Length 251'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 28'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Propulsion
    on triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft 1,500shp

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    Wichita Falls 44k SS Lake Fincastle launching in 1920 at Toledo Shipbuilding Co. Toledo, OH. Bowling Green University - Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

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