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SS Marine Phoenix Collection

Ephemera for the SS Marine Phoenix are available at the GG Archives, including Passenger Lists, Menus, Brochures, Event Programs, and more.

Official US Navy Photograph of the USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195)

Official US Navy Photograph of the USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195), a Troop Transport Ship Operating in the Pacific. Photo 80-G-438390 USN Dated 18 Janauary 1952.

Oceanic Steamship Company One Way Cabin Class Contract Ticket for Passage on the SS Marine Phoenix, Departing from San Francisco for Sydney, Dated 16 September 1947.

1947-09-16 Cabin Class Ticket - SS Marine Phoenix - Sydney to San Francisco

Unique cabin class passage ticket Sydney to San Francisco on USN troop transport Marine Phoenix leased by the Oceanic Steamship Company and Operated by Matson Navigation Company for this and other voyages during 1947-1949.

About the Marine Phoenix

(T-AP-195: dp. 10,210; l. 523'; b. 72'; dr. 26'; s. 17 k.; trp. 3,674; a. none; cl. Marine Adder; T.C4-S-A3) A merchant name retained.

Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash., 16 December 1944; launched 9 August 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Thomas M. Robins; and delivered to her operator, Moore‑McCormack Lines, Inc., 9 November 1945.

In early December Marine Phoenix steamed to Seattle where she embarked occupation troops and sailed for Japan 12 December. She carried her passengers to Nagoya, embarked. homeward-bound veterans of the Pacific campaigns, and returned to Seattle 4 to 16 January 1946.

During the next five months she continued trooplift runs out of Seattle to Japan, Korea, China, the Marianas, and the Hawaiian Islands. In 1947 she entered the Maritime Commission Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif., where she remained for 3 years.

During those thee years, she was leased by the Oceanic Steamship Company and Operated by Matson Navigation Company for this and other voyages during 1947-1949.

Partial Extract, Naval History and Heritage DCommand, "Marine Phoenix: Ship History" Published 5 August 2015. Last Viewed October 2019.


Oceanic applied to charter a Government vessel, and in December 1946, secured the Marine Phoenix, which was then put into passenger service on Route 27 between United States Pacific coast ports and ports in Australia and New Zealand.

The Marine Phoenix carried a very limited amount of cargo and had space for approximately 550 passengers in rooms for 6-12 occupants and in large dormitory areas holding as many as 80 passengers. The accommodations were austere and in no way comparable to the accommodations offered on the Mariposa and Monterey prior to the war.

Up to her last return voyage in August 1948, she carried her full passenger capacity, but in her operation without subsidy, Oceanic lost on six round voyages in 1947 a total of approximately $168,000 and on five round voyage in 1948, a total of approximately $128,000.

"The Oceanic Steamship Company--Application for Operating--Differential Subsidy for "Marine Phonix," Trade Route 27,m No., S-41,". Submitted 1 June 1953. Decided 16 June 1953. Decision of the Federal Maritime Board and Maritime Administration, Department of Commerce, Vol. 4, April 1952 to March 1956, Washington DC: US Governement Printing Office, p. 288-292.

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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.