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UNITED STATES NAVY
TEMPORARY AUXILIARY SHIPS
WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 79068-A:  SS Auburn fitting out at Chester, Pennsylvania, 20 October 1918


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Auburn (American Freighter, 1918).
Served as USS Auburn (ID # 3842) in 1919

Auburn, a 5808 gross ton cargo ship, was built at Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1918 as part of the great World War I shipbuilding program. Completed after the war ended, she was turned over to the Navy for service with Naval Overseas Transportation Service and placed in commission as USS Auburn (ID # 3842) in late January 1919. While preparing for her first voyage, serious problems were found in her steam plant and the Navy decided that it no longer needed the ship. She was decommissioned in February 1919, after a few days less than a month of service, and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board. Auburn was disposed of during the early 1930s. ID # 4079 was also assigned to this ship.

This page features all available views of the freighter Auburn, which was USS Auburn (ID # 3842) in 1919.


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Photo #: NH 79068-A

S.S. Auburn
(American Freighter, 1918)

Fitting out at the Chester Shipbuilding Company shipyard, Chester, Pennsylvania, 20 October 1918.
This ship briefly served as USS Auburn (ID # 3842) in 1919.
Image cropped from Photo # NH 79068.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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S.S. Auburn
(American Freighter, 1918)

Photographed after World War I, possibly during trials in December 1918 or January 1919.
This image was printed in 1925 by the Department of Ship Sales of the Emergency Fleet Corp. in its catalog of steel cargo vessels of 8.000 D.W.T. and over that were then available for purchase. Auburn was the only vessel of her type listed.

Source: U.S. Naval Historical Center, S-528-B.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

 


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