“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dorchester in Clark County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

S.S. Dorchester Memorial

S.S. Dorchester Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 6, 2009
1. S.S. Dorchester Memorial
The Ship
Built 1926

Length overall 368'
Beam 52'
Draft 19'
Gross tons 5,649
Speed (knots) 12
Radius (miles) 5,500
Propulsion Recip. eng.
Passengers 788
Cargo (cu. ft.) 187,250

Jan. 24, 1942 Became U.S. Warship USAT
Jan. 22, 1943 Departed N.Y. to Greenland (6th trip)
Feb. 3, 1943 Torpedoed in the North Atlantic (by U-223)
Lat. 59 23' N Long. 48 42' W

The Men
[number On Board, Saved, Lost]
Officers, USA 15 4 11
Enlisted men, USA 525 132 393
U.S. Navy gun crew 24 10 14
Coast Guard 33 7 26
Enlisted men, USN 2 2 0
Civilians (War Dept.) 155 44 111
Danish Citizens 16 3 13
Ship's Crew 132 28 104
On Board 902 Saved 230 Lost 672

Including the Immortal Chaplains:
the linked brothers of the faith
greatest loss of life to that
time in WWII of a ship at sea.

Location. 44° 59.918′ N, 90° 19.792′ W. Marker is in Dorchester, Wisconsin, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from Park Drive 0.4 miles south
S.S. Dorchester Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 6, 2009
2. S.S. Dorchester Memorial
of Center Avenue (County Highway A), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Memorial is in Dorchester Recreational Park near the intersection of Third Avenue and Park Drive/Pine Street. Marker is in this post office area: Dorchester WI 54425, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dorchester Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Yellowstone Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 6 miles away); History of The Big White Pine (approx. 6 miles away); The Home of Colby Cheese (approx. 6.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. USAT Dorchester. Wikipedia entry. "USAT Dorchester was a United States Army Transport ship that was sunk when it was part of a naval convoy during World War II... Dorchester is best remembered today for the Four Chaplains who went down with her." (Submitted on April 10, 2010.) 

2. S.S. Dorchester. "The four chaplains found a deck box full of lifebelts and together started assisting the men who were without into the belts and overboard. Soon the box was empty. The chaplains, one by one removed their own lifebelts and gave them to men who had none. The Chaplains locked arms, sang and prayed for the men as the Dorchester sank with them on board." (Submitted on April 10, 2010.)
S.S. Dorchester Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 6, 2009
3. S.S. Dorchester Memorial

3. Four Chaplains. Wikidedia entry. "The chaplains, who all held the rank of lieutenant, were the Methodist Reverend George L. Fox, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, the Roman Catholic Priest John P. Washington and the Reformed Church in America Reverend Clark V. Poling." (Submitted on April 10, 2010.) 
Additional comments.
The memorial is made from Dorchester Sand Stone. The research was done by Bernard Stack and Albert Braun, both residents of the village.
Source: Appleton Post Crescent
    — Submitted May 3, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

2. Family of seaman lost on the Dorchester
My wifes grandfather Robert Mearns originally of Liverpool Uk was a ships butcher on the Dorchster
he was born 1873 in Liverpool. He was the father of 10 children all living in the Uk
    — Submitted March 19, 2015, by Jeffrey Strudwick of Nyons, France.

Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
S.S. Dorchester Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 6, 2009
4. S.S. Dorchester Memorial
S.S. Dorchester & the Four Chaplains Sign Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 6, 2009
5. S.S. Dorchester & the Four Chaplains Sign
Memorial is in the background.
Dorchester Recreational Park Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 6, 2009
6. Dorchester Recreational Park
Nearby Playground Train
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,591 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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