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Big Switch (BD-6700)

Non Self-propelled Derrick Barge:
  • Laid down in 1967 as US Army Derrick Barge BD-6700 at Wiley Manufacturing, Port Deposit, MD.
  • Launched, 1968
  • Delivered to the US Army Quartermasters Corps in March 1968
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corp.
  • Placed in service as Big Switch (BD-6700) in 1968
  • Retired from US Army service, date unknown
  • Sold, date unknown, to Weeks Marine, renamed Weeks 569
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,630 t.
    Length 140'
    Beam 70'
    Draft 6'3" (loaded)

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    Big Switch (BD-6700)
    Big Switch
    Big Switch - Operation Big Switch was the repatriation of all remaining prisoners of the Korean War.
    Photo - North Korean POWs on US Army trucks, 12 August 1953, during Operation Big Switch. The POWs have ripped off their clothing and strewed it along the road. Some of the clothing is burning.
    U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD., Identifier 520998
    Tommy Trampp
    Commercial Service
    Big Switch
    149k Weeks Marine Derrick Barge Weeks 569, moored, date and location unknown. by cdaf John Spivey

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