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Photographer:ChasB46 [View profile]Title:SEATRAIN TEXASAdded:Feb 10, 2020
Location:Hamble, Southampton, United Kingdom
Photo Category: RO/RO
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
BU 1973

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.
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Pascal Bredel on Feb 11, 2020 10:04 (11 days ago)
Great shot from you.
Thanks for sharing.
alexds on Feb 11, 2020 00:23 (11 days ago)
Small ship with Brave Crew and the Great History!
davidships on Feb 10, 2020 23:43 (11 days ago)
Yes, she was armed - lookos like four guns visible (two on bridge-top wings and two on platforms P&S forecastle); and I suppose also something aft.
emdee on Feb 10, 2020 19:48 (11 days ago)
Interesting details Chas. Thanks.
ChasB46 on Feb 10, 2020 13:22 (12 days ago)
Trying to find answer to question I have found that this/ my copyrighted photo has been stolen and used on USA websites including USA National Archives.
However "Googling" will bring up many facts re this historic voyage. My original displayed here and stern view taken same time but into sun.
MattyBoy on Feb 10, 2020 12:34 (12 days ago)
I wonder if she had any armaments
MattyBoy on Feb 10, 2020 12:34 (12 days ago)
Wow - so this vessel served in WW2 ???
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