Launched 4/12/41for Matson Navigation Co,(Same day as Hawaiian Merchant(.
Sold to USMC on 9/30/41 after being requisitioned.
Turned over to the war ministry. Renamed Empire Fulmar.
Returned to USMC on 6/13/42. Sold to Pacific
Matson named as agent for the ship. Renamed Hawaiian Shipper again.
Sold to Pacific Transport lines in 1948 Renamed American Transport.
Sold to Garx/Booth co in 1970.
Hope this is of use or interest. Don
Thanks to the clues as to her identity provided below, it is making more sense. According to Wiki (and a couple of other EMPIRE named ships websites), this is this ship's history;
SS EMPIRE FULMAR was a 7,775 GRT cargo ship which was built by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co, Kearny, New Jersey. Completed in May 1941 as Hawaiian Shipper for Matson Navigation Co. To MoWT (Ministry of War Transport) in 1942 and renamed Empire Fulmar. To United States Maritime Commission (USMC) later that year and renamed Hawaiian Shipper. Converted to a troopship completed in February 1943 for the United States Navy. To USMC in 1946 and renamed America Transport. Sold in 1958 to States Steamship Co, USA and renamed Washington. Renamed Michigan in 1960. To United States Maritime Administration in 1960. To Waterman Steamship Corp, USA in 1969 and renamed Morning Light. Scrapped in July 1973 in Kaohsiun, Taiwan.
And from a 1947 history of US Army (and other services) troopships in WWII;
The HAWAIIAN SHIPPER had a very interesting career in World War II. She was a special C3 type vessel that carried cargo nearly two years before becoming a trooper-part time as the British-operated EMPIRE FOLMAR (FULMAR). The original name was restored under U.S. controL Her last pre-conversion trip as a freighter started at New York in July 1942 and took her to Recife, Capetown, Aden, Suez, back to Aden, Kilindini (Kenya), Beira (Mozambique), again to Capetown, and back to New York. Following conversion to a troopship in early February 1943, the HAWAIIAN SHIPPER made one trip each to Casablanca, Oran, and Bermuda from New York. In May and June she visited Newfoundland and Iceland. A trip was next made to the Clyde, another to Oran, and then one to Belfast, the Clyde and Palermo.
Following retum to New York from the last of these voyages, the ship was assigned to the Pacific.
After stopping at New Orleans in late December 1943, the vessel transited the Panama Canal, visited Bora Bora Island, Noumea and Espiritu Santo, and returned to San Francisco on 27 February 1944. From there the ship made five voyages to the Western and Southwestern Pacific, with calls at Milne Bay, Finschhafen, Langemak, Eniwetok, Guam, Majuro, Hollandia, Leyte or Saipan. Return to San Francisco from the final voyage of the series was in May 1945.
In June the HAWAllAN SHIPPER transited the Panama Canal for a direct run toLe Havre. Reaching New York in July, she went to Naples and Gibraltar to redeploy troops directly to Lingayen, P. I. At Balboa, C. Z., on 16 August 1945, however, she was diverted to New York, being one of the few vessels so handled. From New York in September she went to Marseilles and in October left New York for Port Said and Kara- chi. On 1 December 1945 the HAWAllAN SHIPPER sailed via the Suez Canal to Karachi, Colombo and Singapore. She continued eastward to Seattle, arriving on 21 January 1946 and was there released from troop service. On 11 April 1946 she was transferred to the WSA Reserve Fleet at Olympia, Washington.
Unfortunately, specific dates of the various transfers of ownership are not provided in either. But, it appears that she was under UK operations into late 1942. Her history is certainly an interesting one. Three of her sisters were modified as USN tenders and troopships.
Question for you RN knowledgable individuals, did these ships routinely fly the RN Ensign?
During my trip to NARA last week, I came across this color image of what was described as a "RN Auxiliary" on the envelop. The photo apparently was taken in the summer of 1942 in Hampton Roads, VA.
Can anybody ID her?
The four flag ID code can be made out, but I seem to recall that the RN used different versions than was international convention during the war?