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.
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.