Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

USAT J.W. McAndrew
J.W. McAndrew (AP-47)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right top to bottom
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Service Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Passenger Transport:
  • Laid down, 21 December 1939, as SS Delargentino for the United States Maritime Commission for the Mississippi Shipping Co., at Bethlehem Steels Sparrows Point Shipyard, Baltimore MD.
  • Launched, 13 July 1940
  • Completed and delivered to the Mississippi Shipping Co., 8 November 1940
  • Designated (AP-47) by the US Navy but never taken over by the Navy remaining under Army control throughout World War II
  • Acquired by the US War Department, 28 June 1941, for use as an Army Transport
  • Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps as a troop transport
  • Commissioned USAT J.W. McAndrew, date unknown
  • On 13 March 1945 in convoy during a storm the French aircraft carrier Béarn lost steering and collided with J.W. McAndrew resulting in the loss of 68 troops and one Naval Armed Guardsman S1/c Carlos A. Inman, USNR
  • Declared surplus to US Army needs, 5 May 1947
  • Leased under a General Agency Agreement to American South African Line Inc., 5 May 1947
  • Sold to Ferrell Lines Inc., 22 December 1948, renamed SS African Enterprise
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration under the trade-in program, 22 September 1960
  • Laid up, 19 October 1960 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Temporary custody assumed by the US Navy (removal of spare tail shaft)
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 April 1969, to Boston Metals, Baltimore MD., delivered 8 May 1969
    Displacement 6,696 t.(lt) 14,476 t.(fl)
    Length 491'
    Beam 65'
    Draft 25' 7"
    Speed 17.9 kts.
    Compliment unknown
    Troop Capacity unknown
    Armament (1945)
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one General Electric steam turbine
    single propeller, 7,800shp

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    USAT J. W. McAndrew
    McAndrew 93k
    James W. McAndrew (June 29, 1862 – April 30, 1922) was a career officer in the United States Army. He attained the rank of major general, and was most notable for his service as chief of staff of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.
    Photo by Harris & Ewing, photographer
    Library of Congress Catalog:
    Tommy Trampp
    McAndrew 147k USAT J. W. McAndrew moored pierside at New York, date unknown. Originally designated AP-47 by the Navy but handed over to and operated by the Army.
    US National Archives photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    McAndrew 95k USAT J. W. McAndrew arriving at Casablanca, Morocco, in November 1942 as part of a US follow-on convoy bringing in troops and supplies following the North African invasion. Note the two 3"/50 guns on the raised platform forward. The ship had one 4"/50 gun aft in 1942.
    US Navy photo # 80-G-30488 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    McAndrew 57k USAT J. W. McAndrew circa late 1945 or early 1946, possibly at New York. The ship appears to have had its guns, including the bow gun platform, removed.
    Courtesy of and Garnett Blackburn
    Mike Green
    McAndrew 64k USAT J. W. McAndrew circa late 1945 or early 1946, possibly at New York with returning WWII veterans. Tommy Trampp
    McAndrew 77k
    McAndrew 59k
    Merchant Service Ferrell Lines
    McAndrew 66k Ex-USAT J. W. McAndrew in merchant service as the Ferrell Lines freighter/passenger liner SS African Enterprise Tommy Trampp
    36k The Ferrell Lines freighter/passenger liner SS African Enterprise Tommy Trampp

    USAT J.W. MCAndrew
    History from Wikipedia
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Shipscribe - History of USAT J.W. McAndrew
    US Navy Armed Guard - USAT J. W. McAndrew

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The US Navy Service Force Ship Type Index Back To The US Navy Transport (AP) Photo Index Back To The US Army Transport Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 12 November 2021