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Click Here's a drawing of the United States Army Transport Ship USAT Kota Inten April 17 to May 19, 1944 on the island of Ie Shima. On April 10 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sent a message to Congress asking for the power to requisition idle foreign ships in American Waters for the war effort.
On June 6th, 1941 Public Law 101, (H.R. 4466) allowed the Acquisition of foreign merchant vessels. At this time there were 84 Voluntarily inactive large ships in American ports. the Ship Requisition Act signed on that day allowed the U.S. Coast Guard to seize these vessels for the war effort Click here to see a list of theses foreign ships and read about the 27 Italian Ships and the 1 German ship that was seized for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917. Click Here to read a History Channel forum about these ships. History Channel title 1943 Second Front. The Kota Inten was a general cargo / passenger ship with a displacement of 7,191 tons. It was 450 feet long, 61 feet wide and 29.5 feet tall. The engines were the M.A.N. diesels with 5,200 horse power with a single screw giving it a speed of 14 knots. The ships builder was Maats. Fyenoord, Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1927 and was scrapped in Hong Kong in 1958. Click here for some great, very detailed pictures of a scale model of the Kota Inten and more information.
A list of Army Transport Ships including the Kota Inten
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USS Tatum DE 789 (Buckley Class)
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