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Photo # NH 100107:  USS Independence in 1918

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USS Independence (ID # 3676), 1918-1919.
Originally SS Independence (Freighter, built 1918).
Later USS Neville (AP-16, later APA-9), 1941-1946

Independence, a 7898 gross ton freighter, was built at San Francisco, California, in 1918. She was taken over by the Navy soon after completion and placed in commission as USS Independence (ID # 3676) in mid-November 1918, a few days after the Armistice had ended World War I combat action. In January 1919 the ship made one voyage to England, with a cargo of food. She was decommissioned in March 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board. Extensively rebuilt in about 1930, she was the merchant ship City of Norfolk until 1940, when the Navy again acquired her. Converted to a transport, she served until 1946 as USS Neville (AP-16, later APA-9).

This page features all available viewss of USS Independence (ID # 3676) and the civilian freighter Independence.

For pictorial coverage of this ship during her service as USS Neville, see:

  • USS Neville (AP-16, later APA-9), 1941-1946.


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    Photo #: None

    SS Independence
    (U.S. Freighter, 1918)

    Photographed on 24 October 1918 at the yard of her builder, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Union Plant, Potrero Works, San Francisco. Behind her is a later sister, S.S. Eclipse, that during World War II became USS William P. Biddle (AP-15).

    Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-S.

     
    Photo #: NH 70472

    SS Independence
    (U.S. Freighter, 1918)

    Photographed in "dazzle" camouflage, probably in San Francisco Bay, California, soon after completion, 1918.
    This ship served as USS Independence (ID # 3676) in 1918-1919.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 53KB; 740 x 475 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 100107

    USS Independence (ID # 3676)


    At anchor, while wearing "dazzle" camouflage, circa 1918.
    This photograph may have been taken in the San Francisco Bay area, California, before she was taken over by the Navy. She was built in 1918 at San Francisco as SS Independence.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 43KB; 740 x 310pixels

     

    For pictorial coverage of this ship during her service as USS Neville, see:

  • USS Neville (AP-16, later APA-9), 1941-1946.


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