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Photo # NH 96063:  SS Cauto fitting out at Seattle, Washington, 19 June 1916


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S.S. Cauto (American Freighter, 1916).
Served as USS Cauto (ID # 1538) in 1918-1919

Cauto, a 3820 gross ton (8060 tons displacement) freighter, was built in 1916 at Seattle, Washington. After operating under U.S. Army charter, in July 1918 she was transferred to the Navy and placed in commission as USS Cauto (ID # 1538). The ship served with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service carrying cargo to France, making three round-trip voyages for this purpose. She was decommissioned in late February 1919 and turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board for return to her owner, the New York & Cuba Mail Steamship Company.

This page features all available views concerning the steamship Cauto, which served as USS Cauto (ID # 1538) in 1918-1919.


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Photo #: NH 96063

S.S. Cauto
(American Freighter, 1916)

Nearing completion at the Seattle Construction & Dry Dock Company shipyard, Seattle, Washington, on 19 June 1916.
This ship was chartered by the U.S. Army on 15 October 1917. She was acquired by the Navy on 12 July 1918 and commissioned a day later as USS Cauto (ID # 1538). She was returned to her owner, the New York & Cuba Mail Steamship Company, on 22 February 1919.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 52KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 96064

S.S. Cauto
(American Freighter, 1916)

Nearing completion at the Seattle Construction & Dry Dock Company shipyard, Seattle, Washington, on 19 June 1916.
This ship was chartered by the U.S. Army on 15 October 1917. She was acquired by the Navy on 12 July 1918 and commissioned a day later as USS Cauto (ID # 1538). She was returned to her owner, the New York & Cuba Mail Steamship Company, on 22 February 1919.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64KB; 595 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99887

Cauto
(American Freighter, 1916)

In port, circa 1918
Built at Seattle, Washington, in 1916, this steamship was acquired by the Navy on 12 July 1918 and placed in commission the next day as USS Cauto (ID # 1538). She was decommissioned on 22 February 1919 and delivered to the U.S. Shipping Board for return to her owners.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 61KB; 740 x 425 pixels

 


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