USS Tanamo, a 3299 gross ton refrigerated supply ship, was built in 1914 at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, as the civilian freighter Van Hogendorp. She was chartered by the Navy in August 1918 and placed in commission later in that month for duty with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. Tanamo began her first trans-Atlantic voyage as a Navy ship in mid-August, but boiler troubles diverted her to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following repairs at Halifax and New York, she again went to sea in early October and arrived in France in mid-month. The ship began a second round-trip Atlantic crossing in December 1918 and a third in February 1919. She was decommissioned in April 1919 and returned to her owner.
This page features all available views of USS Tanamo (ID # 2176).
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Photo #: NH 65044
USS Tanamo (ID # 2176)
In a snowy port, circa winter 1918-1919.
Note the ship's weathered pattern camouflage and the name board on the face of her bridge.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 86KB; 740 x 530 pixels
Note: Photo # NH 102253 was originally identified (on the basis of an inscription on the original print) as USS Tanamo. However, the view definitely shows USS Sagua (ID # 1627), not Tanamo.
Page made 31 October 2003