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UNITED STATES NAVY
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WORLD WAR I

USS Tjisondari circa late 1918.

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USS Tjisondari (ID # 2783), 1918-1919.
Originally, and later, S.S. Tjisondari (Dutch Freighter, 1915)

Tjisondari, a 8039 gross ton (17,350 tons displacement) freighter, was completed at Flushing, The Netherlands, in April 1915 for the Java-China-Japan Line (JCJL), a Dutch firm based at Batavia in the Dutch East Indies. On 22 March 1918 she was seized at Cavite in the Philippines by the United States Government under the right of angary, which allowed a belligerant power to use the property of a neutral nation if necessary, subject to full indemnification.

The Navy replaced Dutch with American flags on 27 March 1918 and commissioned the ship as USS Tjisondari (ID # 2783) on 1 April 1918. She arrived in early May at San Francisco, where she was fitted for Navy service. There she loaded a cargo of general Army supplies which was delivered at New York in June. In July the freighter sailed on the first of two round trip voyages to St. Nazaire, France, returning to New York from the second in late October. She was then fitted with stalls for 721 horses and made a third round-trip voyage to western France between November 1918 and January 1919. In February Tjisondari loaded a cargo of flour for the U.S. Shipping Board and in March delivered it at Copenhagen, Denmark. In April the ship loaded a cargo of case oil at Norfolk for the Shipping Board, which she delivered at Manila in July.

USS Tjisondari was decommissioned at Manila and returned to the Java-China-Japan Line on 23 August 1919. Following two decades of commercial operation under the Dutch flag S.S. Tjisondari was scrapped in the Netherlands in February 1939.

Tjisondari was the Dutch spelling of Cisondari, a river in west Java near Bagor.

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S.S. Tjisondari
(Dutch Freighter, 1915)

Completing at the yard of her builder, De Schelde at Vlissingen (Flushing), The Netherlands in the spring of 1915. She is wearing neutrality markings.

Source: www.zwama.de/shiplover/images/10.jpg.

 
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S.S. Tjisondari
(Dutch Freighter, 1915)

Probably leaving the yard of her builder, De Schelde at Vlissingen (Flushing), The Netherlands either for trials on 29 March 1915 or after delivery on 8 April 1915. She is wearing neutrality markings.

Source: www.zwama.de/shiplover/images/10d.jpg.

 
Photo #: NH 105285

USS Tjisondari
(ID # 2783)

This large Dutch freighter was at Manila in March 1918 when the U.S. seized all Dutch ships in its ports. This photo may have been taken when she was inspected by the Twelfth Naval District (San Francisco)on 6 May 1918.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 69305

USS Tjisondari
(ID # 2783)

This photo may have been taken when this large Dutch freighter was inspected by the Twelfth Naval District (San Francisco)on 6 May 1918 after arriving from Manila where she had been seized. Note the very tall paired masts, a type used almost exclusively on Dutch-owned ships.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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USS Tjisondari
(ID # 2783)

At Hoboken, New Jersey, between June and November 1918.

Source: Greg Krenzelok, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Historical Preservation Group.

 
Photo #: NH 107327

USS Tjisondari
(ID # 2783)

At Copenhagen, Denmark in March 1919.
The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock. A pencilled inscription on its reverse states: "carried a load of flour from Philadelphia to the Danes after the war"

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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S.S. Tjisondari
(Dutch Freighter, 1915)

As she is not wearing neutrality markings this photo may show her after her return to Dutch commercial service in 1919.

Source: www.zwama.de/shiplover/images/10c.jpg.

 


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