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WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 102040-A:  USS Montclair in port during World War I

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USS Montclair (ID # 3497), 1918-1919.
Originally the civilian refrigerator ship War Speed, which was renamed Montclair in 1918

Montclair, a 4474 gross ton refrigerator ship, was built at Shooters' Island, New York, in 1918 as the British merchant ship War Speed. She was taken over by the United States Shipping Board in August 1918 and turned over to the Navy, which placed her in commission as USS Montclair (ID # 3497) for operation by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. Her initial attempt to cross the Atlantic was cut short by machinery troubles, but she made three successful round-trip voyages to Europe between October 1918 and May 1919, followed by another abortive trip in June. USS Montclair was decommissioned in July 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board. After peacetime operations as a merchant ship, she was scrapped in 1937.

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Photo #: NH 102040

USS Montclair (ID # 3497)


Photographed in port during World War I, while painted in "dazzle" camouflage. Another ship, of identical topside configuration, is on her opposite side.
Built in 1918 and originally named War Speed, Montclair was acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 19 August 1918. She was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 7 July 1919 and was scrapped in 1937.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 42KB; 740 x 475 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 102040-A

USS Montclair (ID # 3497)


Photographed in port during World War I, while painted in "dazzle" camouflage. Another ship, of identical topside configuration, is on her opposite side. Built in 1918 and originally named War Speed, Montclair was acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 19 August 1918. She was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 7 July 1919 and was scrapped in 1937.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 44KB; 740 x 285 pixels

 


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