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Photo # NH 102736:  SS Celebes in port, circa 1918


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S.S. Celebes (Dutch Freighter, 1907).
Served as USS Celebes (ID # 2680) in 1918-1919

Celebes, a 5875 gross ton freighter, was built in 1907 by Furness, Withy & Company at West Hartlepool, England. She was commercially employed under the flag of The Netherlands until March 1918, when the U.S. Government seized her at Newport News, Virginia. Soon transferred to the U.S. Navy, she was placed in commission as USS Celebes in April and assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. During the rest of World War I and the three months following the 11 November 1918 Armistice, the ship operated between New York and ports in western France. In March 1919 Celebes began her final Navy voyage, from New York to Amsterdam, and early in May was decommissioned and returned to her Dutch owners.

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S.S. Celebes
(Dutch Freighter, 1907)

In Dutch commercial service.

Source: Shipscribe.

 
Photo #: NH 102736

S.S. Celebes
(Dutch Freighter, 1907)

In port, possibly when inspected by the Fifth Naval District on 4 April 1918.
Built by Furness, Withy & Company at West Hartlepool, England, in 1907, this steamer was seized by the U.S. Government in March 1918. Turned over to the Navy in that month, she was placed in commission as USS Celebes (ID # 2680) on 6 April 1918 and was returned to her owners on 2 May 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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