Dad Crosses the Ocean
USS Monticello (AP-61)
This is the
the ship my Dad was aboard for the trip to India.
It left New York on 25 December 1942 for India via California.
Dad met it in Wilmington, California (Los Angeles Port of Embarkation) after traveling from
Fort Devens, Massachusetts by train.
It sailed for India at 0800 on 20 January 1943 and made 3-day stops at Wellington, New Zealand
(0810 on 6 February) and Fremantle, Australia (1100 on 17 February) before reaching Bombay at 1400 on
3 March 1943 after a voyage of 14,177 miles and almost six weeks at sea.
The ship was berthed at Ballard Pier at 1330 on 4 March and troops debarked the following day.
Diary of the crossing
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Harbor at Wellington New Zealand
Unknown ship at pier in Fremantle, Austrralia
Shown here before and after the war, USS Monticello was originally and ultimately the Italian liner
Commissioned USS Monticello (AP-61), 16 April 1942 (Dad's 21st Birthday)
Approximate route Dad traveled aboard USS Monticello from Wilmington, California to Bombay, India
The International Date Line was crossed on 3 February.
Total sailing time was 42 days.
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