Bob Burns
Bob Burns

1:44 AM - Mar 15, 2013 #31

Drop me an e-mail and I will be glad to send you SS Grant movement card. 12/25/41 to 12/27/41 Thursday Islands, 12/31/41 to 1/3/42 Brisbane, 1/4/42 to 1/12/42 Sydney, 1/17/42 to 1/19/42 wellington, 2/7/42 2/8/42 Talara, 2/13/42 to 2/19/42 San Pedro, 2/20/42 to 3/8/42 San Francisco. President Grant, Owner American President Lines, operated by U.S.M.C. War Dept. T/C. Taken from the SS Grant Ship Movement Card.
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Jacques
Jacques

3:36 AM - Mar 15, 2013 #32

I couldn't help overhearing. I'm writing a book on RNZAF aircrew who sailed on the PG in January 1942 from Wellington. In what state would the ship have been? Comfortable, peacetime standards of accommodation? Cheers.
David,

She was designed and built in the 1920s to carry 153 passengers and was converted to a 1,776 person troop transport in a couple of weeks (Jan/Feb 1942). Comfortable, peacetime standards of accommodation? I dont think so!

Regards,

Jacques
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William King
William King

5:26 PM - Mar 28, 2017 #33

I am looking for a photograph for the Armed Guard Unit, SS PRESIDENT GRANT circa November 1942.

She was a passenger-cargo vessel, displacing 21,000 tons, speed 14 knots. The vessel was owned by the American President Lines operating under a bare boat charter issued to the Maritime Commission and chartered by the War Shipping Administration. She was built in 1920-21, class XAP, DWT. 13050, and she was severally damaged when she ran aground on ULAMA reef near Sydney, Feb. 22, 1944.

"She was one of the three transports escorted by the HMS Leander as part of convoy F.P.1 from Auckland to Noumea; departing 0801 Nov 3 and arriving 1700 Nov 6, 1942."

There were at least four, similar vessels named the SS PRESIENT GRANT yet I am not sure which one traveled with the F.P.1. convoy of November 3-6, 1942 from NZ to NC, maybe someone on this forum knows and may have a photograph of this vessel.

Thanks,
Bob
Just a comment....My father shoveled coal on the old President Grant way back in 1922, traveling to the Orient..In 1956 I was an ordinary seaman on the newer President Grant on a around the world trip. A question was brought up regarding the earlier version being a coal burner. I can attest to that from my father's stories after he had shoveled coal on a troop ship for several years during WWI.
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Janet
Janet

12:20 PM - May 08, 2017 #34

I am looking for a photograph for the Armed Guard Unit, SS PRESIDENT GRANT circa November 1942.

She was a passenger-cargo vessel, displacing 21,000 tons, speed 14 knots. The vessel was owned by the American President Lines operating under a bare boat charter issued to the Maritime Commission and chartered by the War Shipping Administration. She was built in 1920-21, class XAP, DWT. 13050, and she was severally damaged when she ran aground on ULAMA reef near Sydney, Feb. 22, 1944.

"She was one of the three transports escorted by the HMS Leander as part of convoy F.P.1 from Auckland to Noumea; departing 0801 Nov 3 and arriving 1700 Nov 6, 1942."

There were at least four, similar vessels named the SS PRESIENT GRANT yet I am not sure which one traveled with the F.P.1. convoy of November 3-6, 1942 from NZ to NC, maybe someone on this forum knows and may have a photograph of this vessel.

Thanks,
Bob
My Dad was aboard as a US armed guard gunners mate (41 years old at time of enlistment) and crossed the equator on Aug 16 1942 (we have the poster). He went with cargo and troops to Sydney and had to stop and pick up survivors of a battle. I don't know if it was escorted to Australia. I cannot find pictures I know he once had of battle fire on near by ships or exactly when. Later he was on the USS Jose Marti on a run to Archangel and Murmansk in 45 near end of war. He mentioned a ship wreck. maybe he was on the Grant when it ran aground. Maybe in the Caribean? coming from California to New York? My dad's name was Leonard A. McCaffrey
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