Craster Hall, a 4319 gross ton freighter, was built in 1909 by William Hamilton & Company of Port Glasgow, Scotland. In April 1918 she was turned over to the U.S. Navy and, in May, placed in commission as USS Craster Hall (ID # 1486). As a unit of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, the ship made three trips to France between then and early 1919, carrying U.S. Army cargo. She was decommissioned in early February 1919 and returned to her owners, the United States Steel Products Company, of New York City.
This page features all available views concerning the freighter Craster Hall, which was USS Craster Hall (ID # 1486) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 101401
S.S. Craster Hall (American Freigher, 1909)
In port, prior to her Naval service, with the barge Whitehall in the foreground.
This steamer was acquired by the Navy on 2 May 1918 and placed in commission on 9 May as USS Craster Hall (ID # 1486). She was turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board on 5 February 1919 for return to her owners, the United States Steel Products Company of New York.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 26 March 2005