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USAT City of Fort Worth

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

  • Laid down in 1919 as the Cargo ship SS Lake Flexen at McDougall-Duluth Shipbuilding, Duluth, MN.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed, November 1919
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board in April 1920 as SS La Crosse
  • Sold to Southern Steamship Co., Philadelphia, PA. in 1924
  • Name changed to SS City of Fort Worth, date unknown
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 14 November 1941, from the Southern Steamship Co. at Bayonne, N.J.
  • Chartered to Agwilines Inc, 14 November 1941
  • Grounded in January 1942 at Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Delivered to the War Department, 13 October 1942, at New York, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USAT City of Fort Worth, date unknown
  • USAT City of Fort Worth was assigned to the US Army Small Ship Section Southwest-Pacific Area during World War II
  • Decommisioned and retired from US Army service, date unknown
  • Re-delivered to Southern Steamship Co., 1 May 1946
  • Sold to the Republic of China, China Merchants Steam Navigation Co. by Southern Steamship Co., 5 May 1946, renamed SS Hai Chi
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1952
    Displacement 2,606 gross tons
    Length 251'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 9 kts.
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Triple expansion steam engine
    single shaft, 1,500shp

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    Merchant Service
    City of Fort Worth 50k SS La Crosse under way, date and location unknown. Bowling Green University - Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USAT City of Fort Worth
    City of Fort Worth
    83k USAT City of Fort Worth underway, 14 November1941, location unknown.
    USCG photo from MARAD
    John Spivey
    City of Fort Worth
    83k USAT City of Fort Worth at anchor, date and location unknown.
    "Aerial port quarter view of the United States Army Transport City of Fort Worth which belonged the US Army Transportation Corps with a merchant crew of mixed nationalities, but mainly Australian. She had a detachment of 20 Armed Guards (our DEMS) under a Lieutenant, all from the US Navy who manned all the guns. The signalman [flags] was also in the group of 20. The ship was fitted with a 50 calibre on each side of monkey island and an Oerlikon machine gun in each wing of the bridge. During the war period at sea, the crows nest was manned by one of the armed guard. Four of the crew were from Melbourne, Vic, including AB John H Brake, Ron Cook who was storeman [food], Roy Cameron a steward who became 3rd cook [son of Senator Cameron] and Bert Smith, a steward. AB Brake joined her in Melbourne and sailing to Los Negros calling in to several ports in New Guinea on the way in the Admiralty Islands and then back to Finchhafen Most time was spent sailing between Finschhafen, Hollandia, Biak, Noemfoor, Morotai, Tarakan. As cargo, for instance on one trip to Biak she carried frozen food in the 'tween decks of holds 1 and 2, high explosive 155mm shells in the lower decks of 1,2,3,4 holds, with 105mm guns and jeeps in the 'tween decks of 3 &4 holds plus the fuses for every shell on board. After the war finished the crew spent about three months dumping ammunition at sea from Pinkemba wharves. This consisted of gas shells, all other types of shells some of which were in a very dodgy state and these were sent down into the sea by specially built chutes and very large gas tanks of mustard gas, phosgene gas etc. (NAVAL HISTORICAL COLLECTION)."
    Australia War Memorial
    John Spivey

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