Original black and white glossy photo print, 1946, of the S.S. Marine Panther. Dimensions 5 in by 7 in. Inscription (in reverse, in-print, lower right), “S.S. Marine Panther – Arriving in San Francisco from Calcutta, India via Manilla, P.I. June 3, 1946.” Imprinted on back “Strand Photos 611 Larkin Street – San Francisco.” Condition: Shows some wear, but suitable for framing or mounting.
Ships of the Type C4 class, Marine series C4-S-B1, C4-S-B2, C4-S-B5; DWT: 15,300, were built by Sun Yards of Chester, Pennsylvania. The Type C4 class ships were the largest cargo ships built by the United States Maritime Commission (MARCOM) during World War II. The design was originally developed for the American-Hawaiian Lines in 1941, but in late 1941 the plans were taken over by the MARCOM. Details of various SS Marine Panther passages and missions will be found in WWII US Naval records.
Color postcard of USS Admiral R. E. Coontz (AP-122). Published in 1945 by T.G. Merkley Co. Specialty Distributors, Portland OR. Dimensions: 9 3/8 in. by 7 in. Condition: Excellent (unused), suitable for framing or mounting.
The Coontz was laid down 1/15/43, launched 4/22/44 and commissioned 11/21/44. Following service in WWII she was renamed USAT General Alexander M. Patch in 1946, and again renamed in 1950 USNS General Alexander M. Patch (T-AP-122). She served through the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, going out of service in 1967.
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