IMG_9139We have many, many elements reclaimed from the Patrick.  This one is a lifeboat, now serving as a shade structure in front of our gift shop in our Surfenberg area of our New Braunfels park.

The USNS General Edwin D. Patrick was a P2 transport ship built in Alameda, California and was originally named the US Army Transport Admiral C.F. Hughes in 1945. In 1946 she was renamed the USAT General Edwin D. Patrick and served the west coast, hawaii and Asia. 

She carried families and dependents as well as troops and had a promenade deck, lounges, a shop and dining rooms. She was also a transport ship for the 83rd Artillery who served in Viet-Nam. You can find an amazing article on the ship here.