USAT Evangaline

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USAT Evangaline
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1964/65 now known as SS Yarmouth Castle
Name USAT Evangaline
Owner Eastern Steamship Lines
Builder William Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Co.
Launched 1926
Completed 1926
In service 1926
Out of service 12 Nov 1965
Fate burnt and sank
General characteristics
Type passenger/cargo
Tonnage 5,043 tons
Length 365 ft
Beam 56 ft
Speed 18 knots


Built for the Boston - Yarmouth, Nova Scotia route, she was operated by the Eastern Steamships Line until World War II. She was acquired on 1 Jun 1942 by the US government and soon after on 24 Jun 1942 arrived in Tampa, Florida from Trinidad with 17 German Internees in the care of the FBI as well as regular passengers. She then operated in the Pacific theatre until February 1946, when she returned to her original owners on 19 Feb 1946.

Refitted she returned to passenger service in May of 1947, but was laid up between 1948 and 1953. Sold in 1954 to a company based in Liberia after which she was renamed and reflagged in Panama. in 1963 she was sold to the Chadade Shipping Coy who renamed her Yarmouth Castle, operating her between Miami and Nassau. The Yarmouth Castle caught fire and sank on 12 Nov 1965.

Soldiers carried

Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain 21 - 26 Nov 1944

Cairns to Aitape, New Guinea 4 - 10 December 1944

2/3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion

Brisbane to Morotai 19 - 29 June 1945