1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 25, 2020 12:19 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of SS Lech/Mare Ligure


      Hello, I am looking for records on a German ship acquired by the US Navy after World War II. The ship was named Lech (ex. Panther), launched originally in 1930 and acquired by the US Navy in July 1946. In 1948 it was turned into an Italian passenger ship and renamed "Mare Ligure". I am specifically looking for records for the two years (between 1946 and 1948) when the ship was owned and operated by the US Navy. Many thanks.

        • Re: Seeking records of SS Lech/Mare Ligure
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Choi,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives and located 5 record series & 19 file units relating to the Tripartite Naval Commission that allocated German naval assets to the Allied Powers after World War II.  For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We also searched for various types of deck logs, but were unable to locate records relating to this ship. According to the Department of the Navy records management regulations, only the deck logs of major combatant and support ships are considered permanent records and are eventually accessioned into the custody of the National Archives.


          We hope this information is helpful.  Best of luck with your research!

          [Information provided in part by Nate Patch, Subject Matter Expert]

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