Casco, a 4594 gross ton freighter, was built in 1910 at Flensburg, Germany, as the German merchant steamship Elmshorn. She was seized when the United States entered World War I and in January 1918 was turned over to the Navy. Placed in commission as USS Casco (ID # 1957) at that time, during the next fourteen months she was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service and carried cargo from the U.S. to Europe. The ship was decommissioned in March 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board.
This page features all available views concerning the steamship Casco, which served as USS Casco (ID # 1957) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 99884
S.S. Casco (American Freighter, 1910)
In port, possibly on or about 8 November 1917 when she was inspected by the 12th Naval District.
The former German merchantman Elmshorn, this ship was transferred to the Navy on 7 January 1918 and placed in commission the following day as USS Casco (ID # 1957). She was decommissioned on 22 March 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board.
Note that she is flying a Union Jack in this photograph, though painted in peacetime civilian style.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 29 December 2004