North Pole, a 4092 gross ton (8835 tons displacement) refrigerated cargo ship, was completed at Baltimore, Maryland, in January 1919. During that month the Navy placed her in commission as USS North Pole (ID # 3791). In early February she sailed from New York for Quiberon, France, with a load of 3333 tons of frozen beef. Because of port congestion at Quiberon this meat was unloaded at St. Nazaire. The ship moved to Cardiff, Wales, in early March, loaded a cargo of Navy stores, and delivered it at New York in early April. USS North Pole was decommissioned at New York in April 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board, in whose custody she remained until scrapped in 1937.
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Photo #: NH 65111
USS North Pole (ID # 3791)
Probably photographed soon after completing construction in January 1919. She was in commission from January to April 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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