Absaroka, a 5568 gross ton freighter, was built at Seattle, Washington, in 1917. She was chartered by the Navy in September 1918 and placed in commission as USS Absaroka (ID # 2581). Serving as a unit of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, she made two voyages across the Atlantic to European waters, the first in October 1918. Her second trip ended in New York in February 1919, and Absaroka was decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board in early March.
This page features all available views of the freighter Absaroka, which served as USS Absaroka (ID # 2581) in 1918-19.
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Photo #: NH 65094-A
Absaroka (U.S. Freighter, 1917)
Probably photographed upon completion of construction, circa 1917. Built by the Skinner and Eddy Corporation, Seattle, Washington, this ship was commissioned as USS Absaroka (ID # 2581) on 17 September 1918. She was decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 4 March 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 23 March 2002
Text corrected 3 September 2003