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WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 65106:  SS Nantahala off San Francisco, California, 1918


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Nantahala (American Freighter, 1918).
Originally named Wautahala.
Served as USS Nantahala (ID # 3519) in 1918-1919

Nantahala, 5895 gross ton cargo steamship, was built as part of the World War I shipbuilding effort at San Francisco, California. Originally named Wautahala, she was launched in July 1918 and completed later in that year. The Navy took her over in November 1918 and placed her in commission as USS Nantahala (ID # 3519). For the next five months, she served with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, primarily carrying food to the war-ravaged European continent. Nantahala was decommissioned in April 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board.

This page features all available views of the cargo steamer Nantahala (originally named Wautahala), which served as USS Nantahala in 1918-19.


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SS Nantahala
(American cargo ship, 1918)

Photographed on her trial trip on 30 October 1918, probably by her builder, the Western Pipe & Steel Co., South San Francisco, Calif.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-S.

 
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SS Nantahala
(American cargo ship, 1918)

Photographed on her trial trip on 30 October 1918, probably by her builder, the Western Pipe & Steel Co., South San Francisco, Calif.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-S.

 
Photo #: None

SS Nantahala
(American cargo ship, 1918)

Photographed on her trial trip on 30 October 1918, probably by her builder, the Western Pipe & Steel Co., South San Francisco, Calif.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-S.

 
Photo #: NH 65106

SS Nantahala
(American cargo ship, 1918)

Photographed off San Francisco, California, when first completed, circa October 1918. She is wearing "dazzle" camouflage and has the tug Sea Fox, of San Francisco, alongside.
She was served as USS Nantahala (ID # 3519) in 1918-1919.

Copied in 1968 from the original photograph on the "SP" data card held by the Ship's Histories Branch, Naval History Division.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 46KB; 740 x 335 pixels

 


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