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USAT Colorado

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

  • Built in 1919-20 as the laker cargo ship SS Lake Galisteo at Manitowoc Shipbuilding, Manitowoc, WI.
  • Launched in 1920
  • Delivered in June 1920
  • Named changed to SS Colorado in 1924
  • Purchased in 1924 by Agwilines Inc.
  • Acquired, 25 March 1942, at New York, N.Y., by the War Shipping Administration from Agwilines Inc.
  • Allocated, sub bare bottom charter, 30 November 1942, to the War Department
  • Colorado was assigned to the US Army Small Ship Section Southwest-Pacific Area during World War II
  • Redelivered, 17 February 1946 to Agwilines Inc. at Shanghai, China
  • Sold to a Chinese interest in August 1946, reflagged China, renamed SS Hai Dean
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1954
    Displacement 2,689 gross t.
    Length 253'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 26'
    Speed unknown
    Radius unknown
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted unknown
    Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity 162,727 cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity unknown
    one 3" gun mount
    four 20mm gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    one reciprocating steam engine
    one propeller 1,550shp

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    Merchant Service
    38k SS Lake Galisteo moored pierside while under construction at at Manitowoc Shipbuilding, Manitowoc, WI., 1920
    Bowling Green University Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    John Spivey
    USAT Colorado
    56k Aerial starboard side view of USAT Colorado underway, date and location unknown. Note the 3inch gun and two 20mm Oerlikon AA guns aft. Two further Oerlikons are mounted above the bridge.
    Naval Historical Collection, Australia War Memorial
    John Spivey

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