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WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 65118:  USS Oskawa underway, 29 December 1918.

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USS Oskawa (ID # 3797), 1919-1919.
Originally, and later, S.S. Oskawa (American Refrigerated Cargo Ship, 1918).
Later S.S. Empire Raven and Southern Raven.

Oskawa, a 6204 gross ton (11,570 tons displacement) refrigerated cargo ship, was completed at San Francisco, California, in December 1918. She was commissioned in the Navy on January 1919 as USS Oskawa (ID # 3797), loaded a cargo of general supplies and in late January sailed from San Francisco for New York. Upon arrival there the ship began preparations for a voyage to Europe but was instead put on the list for demobilization. USS Oskawa was decommissioned in late February 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board. The Government retained her until 1942, when she was transferred to the United Kingdom and became S.S. Empire Raven. The ship was renamed Southern Raven in 1948 and scrapped in 1952.

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S.S. Oskawa
(ID # 3797)

Photographed on 24 December 1918 inboard of a non-refrigerated sister, S.S. Zaca, at the yard of their builder, Moore Shipbuilding Co, Oakland, Calif.

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

 
Photo #: NH 65118

USS Oskawa
(ID # 3797)

Photographed on a trial trip on 29 December 1918. Built by the Moore Shipbuilding Company of Oakland, California, she was in commission from January to February 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 65112

USS Oskawa
(ID # 3797)

Probably photographed on trials in December 1918. She was in commission from January to February 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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