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Troopship trivia - 4/6/2009 12:54:48 PM   
m10bob


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Recently I watched an old War Dept film about the U.S.S. Wakefield,(Ex liner-Manhattan).
In 1931 when launched by Eleanor Roosevelt, she was America's larget merchant ship, and later was the world's fastest regular scheduled passenger liner. She carried the 1936 American Olympic team to Germany and carried such notable dignitaries as Babe Ruth, and New York City mayor Jimmy Walker.

The film went on to state she could load 1200 troops per hour!

The Wakefield was transferred to the Coast Guard in August 1941, and was bombed at Singapore in January 1942.
Later, she took Marines to Auckland prior to "Operation Shoestring"...

< Message edited by m10bob -- 4/6/2009 12:57:34 PM >


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