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Photo # NH 102950:  USS Rondo (at right) with other ships at the Norfolk Navy Yard, circa October 1918

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USS Rondo (ID # 2488), 1918-1919.
Originally S.S. Rondo (Dutch Freighter, 1914)

S.S. Rondo, a 7549 gross ton (15,300 tons displacement) freighter, was built at Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 1914 for commercial service under the Dutch flag. She was seized by the U.S. Government in March 1918, turned over to the Navy and, late in that month, placed in commission as USS Rondo (ID # 2488). The ship made two voyages to and from France between May and September 1918. She was then fitted as an animal transport and made one trip in that role, steaming to Uruguay and back during the first months of 1919. Rondo's final U.S. Navy mission took her to England in late May with a cargo of food. Continuing on to Amsterdam, she was decommissioned in June 1919 and returned to her owners. Following further civilian employment, S.S. Rondo was scrapped in 1933.

This page features all available views concerning USS Rondo (ID # 2488) and the Dutch freighter Rondo of 1918.


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Photo #: NH 103035

Rondo
(Dutch Freighter, 1914)

In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 25 March 1918.
Built at Rotterdam in 1914, Rondo was seized by the United States in March 1918 and placed in commission on the 29th of that month as USS Rondo (ID # 2488). She was returned to her owners at Amsterdam on 21 June 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 102950

Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia


Ships at the Navy Yard, circa October 1918. They are (from left to right):
USS Paul Jones (Destroyer # 10);
USS Katrina Luckenbach (ID # 3020); and
USS Rondo (ID # 2488).
All are painted in pattern camouflage.

Collection of Arthur J. Rozett.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 102951

Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia


Ships at the Navy Yard, circa October 1918. They are (from left to right center):
USS Paul Jones (Destroyer # 10);
USS Katrina Luckenbach (ID # 3020); and
USS Rondo (ID # 2488).
All three are wearing pattern camouflage.
A steam launch from USS Indiana (Battleship # 1) is in the center foreground. U.S. Navy Divers Float # 2 is in the left foreground.

Collection of Arthur J. Rozett.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: None

USS Rondo (ID # 2488)


Possibly shown at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, in late 1918 outboard of USS Katrina Luckenbach (ID # 3020). Note that the two ships are moored bow to stern instead of bow to bow as in the photographs above and that the starboard side pattern camouflage of Rondo is visible.

Collection of John Lynch.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (UA-558).

 
Photo #: None

USS Rondo (ID # 2488)


A deck view of Rondo taken ca. late 1918 from her aft gun platform.

Collection of John Lynch.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (UA-558).

 


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