Newton, a 5122 gross ton collier, was built at Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1911. After some seven years of commercial operation, she was taken over by the Navy in August 1918 and commissioned as USS Newton. Employed for the transportation of both coal and general cargo, she made two voyages to European waters during the last part of World War I and the first few months following the 11 November 1918 Armistice. USS Newton was decommissioned in late February 1919 and returned to her owner.
Still maintained in Navy records for possible reacquisition, in about 1920 Newton was given the registry ID # 4359. She had a long subsequent career in the merchant service, carrying coal and other bulk cargo. The War Shipping Administration operated her between May 1942 and July 1946. Newton was placed in the U.S. Maritime Commission's Reserve Fleet at Lee Hall, Virginia, in September 1946 and sold for scrapping in July 1947.
This page features all available views of the collier Newton, which served as USS Newton in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 65137-A
Newton (American Collier, 1911)
Photographed prior to World War I. This ship was acquired by the Navy on 3 August 1917 and commissioned on 6 August as USS Newton. She was returned to her owner on 24 February 1919. Following her Navy service (probably in 1920) she was assigned the registry ID # 4359.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 29 June 2003