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USAT City of Philadelphia

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 Elsmere at Great Lakes Engine Works, Ashtabula, OH.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed, November 1919
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board in April 1920
  • Sold to Southern Steamship Co., Philadelphia, PA., date unknown
  • Name changed to SS City of Philadelphia, date unknown
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, 6 June 1942, from the Southern Steamship Co. at New York, N.Y.
  • Time Charter to Agwilines Inc, 6 June 1942
  • Delivered to the War Department, 27 May 1943, as a sub bare bottom charter, at Hoboken, N.J.
  • City of Philadelphia was assigned to the US Army Small Ship Section Southwest-Pacific Area during World War II
  • Re-delivered to Southern Steamship Co., 29 December 1945, at Shanghai, China
  • Sold to the Republic of China by Southern Steamship Co., 29 December 1945, for $158,873.89, renamed SS Hai Chen
  • Renamed SS Hai Cheh, date unknown
  • Renamed SS Ho Ping Hao in 1960
  • Renamed SS Hoping No.8, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1969
    Displacement 2,694 gross tons
    Length 251'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 29'
    Speed 10.7 kts
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one 3" gun mount
    four 20mm gun mounts
    Triple expansion steam engine
    single shaft, 1,500shp

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    Merchant Service
    City of Philadelphia
    46k SS Lake Elsmere moored pierside date and location unknown.
    Bowling Green State University Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    John Spivey
    USAT City of Philadelphia
    City of Philadelphia
    64k Aerial port side view of USAT City of Philadelphia 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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