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USAT Seatrain Texas

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Laid down, 28 July 1939, as the RO/RO dry cargo ship SS Seatrain Texas at Sun Shipbuilding, Chester. PA. for the Seatrain Lines
  • Launched, 9 March 1940
  • Delivered, 22 May 1940, to Seatrain Lines for the New York, Havana, New Orleans seatrain route
  • SS Seatrain Texas could carry 100 freight cars and had capacity for 250 vehicles.
  • Acquired, 6 February 1942, by the War Shipping Administration from the Seatrain Lines on a bare bottom charter
  • Allocated, 6 February 1942, to the War Department, Transportation Corps.
  • Commissioned USAT Seatrain Texas, date unknown
  • Re-delivered, 23 May 1946 to Seatrain Lines
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Spain, 30 May 1973, to Industrial Y Commercial De Levante, S.A.
    Displacement 4,911 nest tons , 8,108 gross tons,
    Length 483'
    Beam 63'6"
    Draft 33'
    Speed 14.5kts
    Complement and Troop Accommodations
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    two General Electric steam turbines
    two propellers, 8,500hp

    US Army Transportation Corps in Belfast | Pollock dock in Be… | Flickr
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    Seatrain Texas
    183k Aerial view of the SunShip fitting out piers, 2 April 1940, Chester PA. The second vessel from the left is Seatrain Texas, with her sister Seatrain New Jersey later becoming USS Lakehurst (APV-3) to her port. The other two cargo vessels are Mormacmail and Mormacland in unknown order, later becoming
    USS Long Island (AVG-1) and HMS Archer (D78).
    Photo from the Victor Dallin collection, Hagley Museum. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose.
    John Chiquoine
    Seatrain Texas
    347k USAT Seatrain Texas during a one overnight visit at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She was present with a combined east-bound convoy AT15/NA8. Port-side is arriving, 2 May 1942, and starboard-side is departing, 3 May 1942.
    From the H B Jefferson collection, Nova Scotia Archives. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose.
    John Chiquoine
    Seatrain Texas
    Seatrain Texas
    Seatrain Texas
    411k USATSeatrain Texas moored pierside, Pier X Hampton VA. 13 August 1943. Note: sitting on the pier, near the bow of the ship; a half dozen U.S. made M7 Priest 105 mm howitzers Motor Carriages, in British desert colors. The ship took an active part in the transportation of tanks and other vehicles to North Africa in the summer of 1942 and her commander and crew were commended for their part in stopping Rommel's advance upon Alexandria. She left NYPE 29 July 1942 and arrived in Egypt in Sept. 1942.
    US National Archives Identifier 138926018, US Army Signal Corps photo # 336-H-07-03740, a US Army photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    David Upton
    Seatrain Texas 15k USAT Seatrain Texas in Convoy, date and location unknown  
    Seatrain Texas
    164k USAT Seatrain Texas moored at Pollock Dock, Belfast, Northern Ireland, discharging railway equipment. Seatrain Texas is recorded as having visited Belfast in May and July of 1942.
    US Army Transportation Corps in Belfast | Pollock dock in Be… | Flickr
    Robert Hurst
    Seatrain Texas
    75k USAT Seatrain Texas after repairs in Falmouth, England, Spring 1945.
    Robert Hurst
    Seatrain Texas
    111k USAT Seatrain Texas moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    "The Army’s Cargo Fleet in WWII", May 1945, U.S. Army Center of Military History, page 68. U.S. Army Signal Corps-Wikimedia Commons
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service Seatrain Corp.
    Seatrain Texas 68k SS Seatrain Texas underway in Southampton Water circa 1970. Photo by ©Charles T Betts
    Seatrain Texas 216k SS Seatrain Texas underway, in New York harbor in 1952. ©Sawyer-Mitchell collection Gerhard Mueller- Debus
    Seatrain Texas 262k SS Seatrain Texas moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, June 1966. Photo by Gerhard Mueller- Debus

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "Daring Voyage of SS Seatrain Texas, Code Name: Treasure Ship", American Merchant Marine at War
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