Family Sailed in liberty ship named Marine Phoenix
I am just getting started with my family tree. My parents and 3 children left New Zealand for Australia in 1948 ( I think). We sailed in a Liberty ship named Marine Phoenix. I have some info on Liberty ships in general, but was hoping to fine tune the detail to the specific vessell.
Would appreciate any info or re direction you can offer. Thankyou for receiving this mail and any info that may be forthcoming.
By coincidence, we are just back last night from a visit to New Zealand, I will see what I can unearth about your Liberty Ship Marine Phoenix, and will be in touch soon.
Your question gave me a real challenge. Marine Phoenix is not listed under a total list of Libery Ships, I then tried the Victory Class thinking she may have been built under that programme, not at all, not listed again.
I then turned to Troopships built or used in WW2, and at last found her. She was launched on the 9th. of August in 1945 by the Kaiser Shipyard at Vancouver Washington. 12,420 tons, 523 feet long with a 71.2 foot beam. One funnel, engine aft with a single screw and a speed of 17 knots. Built with accommodation for 3,800 troops.
The ship was thus too late to play any part in WW2.
Troopships were operated by Army Transportation Service with civilian crews, by the US Navy, or by the War Shipping Administration. The ship was managed by the Moore- McCormack Line for the US Maritime Commission.
Her maiden voyage on the 12th. of December 1945 was from Seattle to Nagoya Japan. She seems to have carried troops from Japan to Tacoma WA over the period 5th. of January/ 17th. of January 1946.
My report states she was laid up in Suisim Bay at San Francisco in 1947, but you thought your family sailed in her in 1948, perhaps that was, in fact in 1947, before the ship was laid up. It was not until the 21st. of July 1950 that the ship was commissioned by the US Navy ( as T-AP 195 ) after the Korean war started.
In November of 1958, she was again laid up, this time in the Columbia River, she languished there until 1967 and was sold to Mohawk Shipping Inc, and then rebuilt as a 10, 625 ton gross cargo ship at Jacksonville, and renamed Mohawk. On the 15th. of September 1979 your ship arrived at Kaohsiung Taiean for scrapping.
I could not unearth a photograph for you, but perhaps Dennis you should try the Kaiser Shipyard records, if you can find them.
I do hope this info is of some value for you in your task of putting together your family details.
Good luck, and best regards.
Good luck Raul
Thank you for taking the time and effort to contact me about the Marine Phoenix, it was very good of you.
I too sailed as a kid on the Marine Phoenix from the USofA to Australia I have attached 3 pics of the ship and a postcard.
You may like to pass them on.
Wayne Lawrence, Retired Qantas FSD 1967 - 1987
My thanks for taking the trouble to E-Mail me with the photos etc about Marine Phoenix. I appreciate your help.
Best wishes for the festive season.
I embarked Sept.2, 1947 from San Francisco on the Marine Phoenix, operated by Matson Navigation Co. and Oceanic Steamship Co..in cabin #305 with 20 bunks, mostly occupied by Australian women and their babies. Men were mostly veterans. All together, there were about 200 passengers. It definitely was a troop ship! After stops at PagoPago and Suva, my parents and I arrived in Aukland,NZ Sept.18 and Sydney on Sept.22. This info might be of interest to Dennis Worledge, if you have any way of communicating with him...
Could you please post Katies message at our URL: http://www.ahoy.tk-jk.net/Letters/FamilySailedinlibertyship.html
I no longer have the details for Dennis Worledge, but he may visit AHOY again and pick up these details.
My mother in law Kathleen (Kitty) Emmanuel (Previously Beach) now 86 years old emigrated to New Zealand in 1947 on The Marine Phoenix. Having heard that some others had posted some recollections on your web site thought the following might be of some interest.
Perhaps you could bring this to the notice of some of those who travelled on the Marine Phoenix in September 1947.
Sounds a rather unpleasant experience.
Nelson New Zealand