|Photographer:||ChasB46 [View profile]||Title:||SEATRAIN TEXAS||Added:||Feb 10, 2020|
|Location:||Hamble, Southampton, United Kingdom|
|RoRo cargo SEATRAIN TEXAS in Southampton Water circa 1970
Built 1940 by Sun (USA)
SEATRAIN TEXAS was built with three concrete decks to carry railway wagons.
Broken up Castellon 7/1973
Owner: Seatrain Lines
GRT 8108, DWT 11576
Length 147, beam 20 metre
Single screw steam turbine 14.5 kts
In the summer of 1942, with German General Erwin Rommel pushing the British Eighth Army back toward the crucial Suez Canal, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Marshall, offered the British the use of the 2nd Armoured Divisionís Sherman tanks. In desperate need of replacement, the British asked that the Americans ship them to Egypt via the Cape of Good Hope to avoid German aircraft and U-boats in the contested Mediterranean Sea.
In July 1942, Convoy AS-4 departed from New York with six ships but a submarine sank SS Fairport of Waterman Steamship Company, loaded with all 250 tanks, south of Bermuda. Marshall hurriedly made an additional 250 tanks available and SS SEATRAIN TEXAS sailed two weeks later, without an escort, to catch up with the convoy. She completed the voyage via the Red Sea to Port Suez in one month and five days and her cargo proved crucial to the Allied victory at El Alamein.