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Photo # NH 105203:  S.S. Gorontalo, 1918

U.S. NAVY TEMPORARY AUXILIARY SHIPS, 1917-1919

WORLD WAR I ERA CARGO SHIPS --
with One Smokestack, Two Single Masts, and Raised Hull Islands Forward and Amidships

Eleven of the U.S. Navy's WWI era cargo ships had one smokestack, two single masts, and raised hull islands forward and amidships. All were built abroad and

To facilitate identification, these vessels have been placed in three sub-groups, some containing ships of essentially identical design ("sister ships"), while others consist of quite different designs. The latter are further subdivided as to whether they were built in the United States or abroad.

This page features a table (with links to individual ships) of World War I era U.S. Navy cargo ships with one smokestack, two single masts, and raised hull islands forward and amidships, plus a photograph of each ship in this group.


Ships in this group:

ELEVEN SHIPS with ONE SMOKESTACK, TWO SINGLE MASTS, AND RAISED HULL ISLANDS FORWARD AND AMIDSHIPS, subdivided as shown below:


Click the small photographs to prompt a larger view of the same image with a descriptive header.


ELEVEN SHIPS -- Foreign built

  • Artigas, USN 1918-1919 (German built, ex German S.S. Wiegand, 1911).
  • 4849 Gross Tons, Length 399.2', Beam 53.6', Comm. 18 Jun 18, Decom. 4 Jan 19, No ID #
  • Besoeki, USN 1918-1919 (German built, ex Dutch S.S. Besoeki, 1901).
  • 3778 Gross Tons, Length 345', Beam 44.4', Comm. 2 Apr 18, Decom. 14 Jun 19, ID # 2534
  • Buitenzorg, USN 1918-1919 (Dutch built, ex Dutch S.S. Buitenzorg, 1916).
  • 7098 Gross Tons, Length 445.6', Beam 54', Comm. 29 Mar 18, Decom. 17 Jul 19, ID # 2541
  • Gorontalo, USN 1918-1919 (Dutch built, ex Dutch S.S. Gorontalo, 1908).
  • 5884 Gross Tons, Length 395.7', Beam 51.4', Comm. 4 Apr 18, Decom. 14 May 19, ID # 2682
  • Jan Van Nassau, USN 1918-1918 (British built, ex Dutch S.S. Jan Van Nassau, 1913).
  • 3330 Gross Tons, Length 346.2', Beam 44.25', Comm. 20 Mar 18, Decom. 17 May 18, ID # 2805
  • Mauban, USN 1918-1919 (British built, ex American S.S. Mauban, 1900).
  • 1253 Gross Tons, Length 230.0', Beam 34.4', Comm. 5 Oct 18, Decom. 11 Apr 19, No ID #
  • Merauke, USN 1918-1919 (Dutch built, ex Dutch S.S. Merauke, 1911).
  • 6674 Gross Tons, Length 432', Beam 54.25', Comm. 28 Mar 18, Decom. 8 May 19, ID # 2498
  • Samarinda, USN 1918-1919 (British built, ex Dutch S.S. Samarinda, 1912).
  • 6825 Gross Tons, Length 430.25', Beam 55.25', Comm. 29 Mar 18, Decom. 14 May 19, ID # 2511
  • Ternate, USN 1918-1919 (British built, ex Dutch S.S. Ternate, 1907).
  • 5909 Gross Tons, Length 393', Beam 51.4', Comm. 6 Apr 18, Decom. 17 Apr 19, ID # 2697
  • Veendijk, USN 1918-1919 (British built, ex Dutch S.S. Veendijk, 1914).
  • 6874 Gross Tons, Length 425', Beam 54', Comm. 5 Apr 18, Decom. 2 Aug 19, ID # 2515
  • Zaanland, USN 1918-1918 (British built, ex Dutch S.S. Zaanland, 1900).
  • 5417 Gross Tons, Length 389.3', Beam 51.1', Comm. 29 Mar 18, Lost 13 May 18, ID # 2746

     S.S. Artigas:

     S.S. Besoeki:

     S.S. Buitenzorg:

     S.S. Gorontalo, 1918:

     S.S. Jan van Nassau:

     S.S. Mauban:

     S.S. Merauke:

     S.S. Samarinda:

     S.S. Ternate, 1918:

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     S.S. Veendijk:

     S.S. Zaanland, 1918:

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