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As WW II intensified, the demand for the essentials of war, i.e.,
men, weapons and supplies,
also intensified. Everything afloat was
already in use, so thousands of Liberty ships and hundreds of Victory
ships were built.
Commission designed the "General" class of troop ships
for transporting 5,000 troops,
their equipment and every-day needs
during the voyage.
and launched May 2, 1943, by the Federal Shipbuilding and
Co. of Kearney, NJ, the AP-111 was the second of eleven "General"
ships built during the following two years.
Mrs. George C. Marshall
broke the champagne on the ship's bow.