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The United States Training Ship TEXAS CLIPPER, a modified C3-S-A3 type built at Sparrows Point in 1944, is seen departing from Rotterdam.

She had served as a merchant marine training vessel with the Texas Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston for 30 years beginning in 1965.

Prior to her service as a training vessel, TEXAS CLIPPER had served in World War II as an attack transport vessel named U.S.S. QUEENS. In 1948 she was converted into the transatlantic liner EXCAMBION, one of the quartet of ships referred to as the "4 Aces", operated by American Export Lines, serving Mediterranean ports from New York.

Following service as a training ship in 1996 TEXAS CLIPPER joined the Beaumont Reserve Fleet until 2006. She was then transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Artificial Reef Program to be turned into an artificial reef and was scuttled on 17th November 2007.
· Date: Thu, 30 July 20 · Views: 170
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Keywords: TEXAS CLIPPER
Source of Image, If not your own: Scanned from a negative in my collection -source unknown
Location photo was taken: Rozenburg
Date photo was taken: 1980s
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eddyw
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Thu, 30 July 20 13:40

One of the liners marketed post WW2 as the 'new Four Aces' ("Excalibur", "Exochorda", "Exeter", "Excambion", all 1944/5, 9,644 grt)
Route: New York, Boston, Barcelona, Marseilles, Genoa, Leghorn, Naples, Alexandria, Beirut, Istanbul, Piraeus.
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Klaatu83
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Sun, 2 August 20 11:21

This was not a U.S. Navy ship, but the training ship of the Texas Maritime Academy. She was originally built as the passenger-cargo liner Excambion for American Export Lines, a company which seemed to favor the old-fashioned counter stern, as seen on this ship. That type of stern was popular during the early 1900s, but had gone out of style by the 1940s, when this ship was built. Farrell Lines ordered two ships of a similar size and design at around the same time, the African Enterprise and African Endeavor, which had modern cruiser sterns.
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