USAT Charles P. Steinmetz

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USAT Charles P. Steinmetz
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Name USAT Charles P. Steinmetz
Owner US Army Transportation Corp
Builder Kaiser Permanente No 2, Richmond
Launched 4 Mar 1943
Completed 15 Mar 1943
In service Mar 1943
Out of service 30 Sep 1946
Fate sold for scrapping, 18 April 1961
General characteristics
Type EC2-S-C1 Liberty Cargo Ship
Tonnage 14,550 tons
Length 441'6" (134.57m)
Beam 56' 11" (17.35m)
Depth 28' 4" (8.63m)
Propulsion single screw


USAT Charles P. Steinmetz was assigned to the Southwest Pacific area and participated in operations at Milne Bay, New Guinea and made three trips to the Philippines between 5 November 1944 and 4 February 1945.

Decommissioned and returned to the War Shipping Administration for lay up, 30 September 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Brunswick River, Wilmington, N.C. Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 April 1961, to Union Mining & Alloys (PD-X-600 dated 17 March 1961 for $53,639,89) withdrawn, 3 May 1961.


  • one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
  • one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
  • two single 40mm AA gun mounts
  • six single 20mm AA gun mounts

Named after Charles Proteus Steinmetz (born Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz, April 9, 1865 – October 26, 1923) who was a German-born American mathematician and electrical engineer and professor at Union College. He fostered the development of alternating current that made possible the expansion of the electric power industry in the United States, formulating mathematical theories for engineers. He made ground-breaking discoveries in the understanding of hysteresis that enabled engineers to design better electromagnetic equipment including especially electric motors for use in industry.

Soldiers carried

Cairns to Milne Bay, New Guinea 8 - 10 August 1943

2/32nd Australian Infantry Battalion

2/28th Battalion