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USAV Moonlight Maid (FS-539)

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

Freight-Supply Vessel
  • Built in 1900 at Bethlehem Steel, Elizabethport, N.J. as the steam yacht Columbia for J. Harvey Ladew, an executive of the Singer Sewing Machine Company
  • Launched, in 1903
  • Sold in 1915 Aemilius Jarvis for use by the Royal Canadian Navy as an armed yacht
  • Commissioned and renamed HMCS Stadacona in 1915
  • Stadacona served as naval launch, motor, depot ship under the command of LT. H.G. Jarvis RCN
  • In 1916 she patrolled the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland coasts
  • In 1919 she was transferred to the west coast via the Panama Canal and lost a rudder off the Oregon coast
  • She was used for seamanship training for Royal Naval College of Canada cadets
  • In 1920 she was paid off to the Minister of Fisheries and Marine as a fisheries protection vessel
  • In 1924 she was owned by Central America Shipping Company. Vancouver, BC.
  • Sold in 1924 to the Ocean Salvage Co., Vancouver, BC (Joseph W. Hobbs) and converted to a yacht and rum runner mother ship
  • Sold in 1925, renamed Kuyakuzmt
  • Rebuilt in 1929 as a yacht owned by Willis P. Dewees, Vancouver, BC., renamed Lady Stimson
  • In 1931 she was owned by Armour Salvage and Towing Company, Prince Rupert, BC., renamed Moonlight Maid
  • In 1941 she was owned by Foss Towing and Transportation Company, Seattle, WA., reflagged United States
  • In 1942 she acquired by the War Shipping Administration
  • Turned over to the US War Department, Quartermasters Corps
  • Allocated to the US Army Transportation Corps for service in Alaska
  • Commissioned in 1942 as USAV Moonlight Maid (FS-539)
  • Retired from US Army service date unknown
  • Final Disposition, in 1948 she was broken up in Seattle, WA.
    Displacement 798 gross tons
    Length 168'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 12'
    Speed unknown
    Freight Capacity unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single propeller

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    42k SS Moonlight Maid underway, date and location unknown.
    Vancouver Maritime Museum
    John Spivey

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