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USAT Grey Lag (1943 - 1946)
USS Guantanamo (ID 1637) (1918 - 1919)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
USAT Grey Lag

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

USS Guantanamo (ID 1637)

World War I Victory Medal

1919 - International Radio Call Sign:
Love - Fox - George - Boy
  • Built in 1910 as Registan by William Gray and Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool, Durham, England for the Anglo-Algerian Steamship Co., Ltd.
  • Launched 9 May 1910
  • Sold in 1911 to the New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Company, renamed Guantanamo reflagged USA
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 February 1918
  • Delivered to the Navy 20 May 1918
  • Commissioned USS Guantanamo (ID 1637), 21 May 1918 at Philadelphia, PA
  • Decommissioned 25 January 1919 at New York and struck from the Navy Register
  • Returned to her owners, 4 February 1919
  • Renamed Comerio in 1927
  • Acquired in 1935 by Agwilines, Inc. of New York
  • Acquired in 1940 by Comm. Giuseppe Bozzo of Genoa, Italy and renamed Vittorin, reflagged Italy
  • Seized in March 1941 at Norfolk, VA. and turned over to the War Shipping Administration, renamed Grey Lag
  • Operated by South Atlantic S.S. Co., under a War Shipping Administration General Agency Agreement , 15 October 1941
  • Operated by U.S. Navigatin Co., under a War Shipping Administration General Agency Agreement, 2 October 1942
  • US Army Bare Bottom Charter 22 January 1943, commissined USAT Grey Lag
  • Grey Lag was assigned to the Southwest Pacific Command U.S Army Small Ships Section
  • Released from Army service 27 April 1946, acquired by Coastwise Steamship
  • Sold 19 September 1946 to the Republic of China, Shanghai represented by the Chinese Supply Commission and renamed Hai Lung
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Taiwan in January 1960
  • Displacement 7,930 t.
  • Length 362'
  • Beam 46' 6"
  • Draft 20' 7"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 5"/40 mount and one 6-pounder
    1943 - One 4"/50 mount and two 20mm mounts
    Propulsion: Mdd>two single ended boilers
    one Central Marine Engine Works 2,400hp vertical triple expansion steam engine
    single shaft

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    Size Image Description Source
    Merchant Service
    85k SS Guantanamo in port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 5 October 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105205
    Robert Hurst
    War Shipping Administration
    Grey Lag
    247k SS Grey Lag underway in South Atlantic S.S. Co. colors, 24 September 1942, while under a WSA General Agency Agreement, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard Photo
    Grey Lag
    263k SS Grey Lag underway in South Atlantic S.S. Co. colors, 13 October 1942, while under a WSA General Agency Agreement, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard Photo
    Grey Lag
    210k SS Grey Lag, at anchor,17 January 1943, in U.S. Navaigation Co. colors, while under a WSA General Agency Agreement.
    US Coast Guard Photo
    USAT Grey Lag
    Grey Lag
    85k USAT Grey Lag underway, 4 April 1943, location unknown.
    Photo 303349 courtesy Australian War Memorial
    Robert Hurst

    USS Guantanamo (ID 1637)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Baldwin, John S., USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USAT Grey Lag by William Elmgreen

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