USS Tasker H. Bliss (AP 42)
American Troop transport
|Name||USS Tasker H. Bliss (AP 42)|
|Completed||1921 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||12 Nov 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)|
|Position||33° 40'N, 7° 35'W - Grid DJ 2524|
|Complement||235 (31 dead and 204 survivors).|
|Route||Norfolk (24 Oct) - Fedhala, Morocco (8 Nov)|
|Cargo||War material and troops|
|History||Completed in January 1921 as steam passenger ship Golden State for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1923 renamed President Cleveland for the Dollar SS Co, later transferred to the American President Lines Ltd, San Francisco CA. In July 1941 chartered by the US Army as troop transport USAT Tasker H. Bliss and made five Pacific voyages. On 15 September 1942 the ship was commissioned in the US Navy as troop transport USS Tasker H. Bliss (AP 42) after being converted by the Maryland Drydock Co, Baltimore MD. She received one battle star for her World War 2 service. |
|Notes on event|
USS Tasker H. Bliss (AP 42) (Cdr Gerald C. Schetky) was participating in Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, in the Task Group 34.9 (Center Attack Group, Western Naval Task Force) as part of the convoy UGF-1.
|On board||We have details of 42 people who were on board.|
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