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WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 98483:  U.S. Army Transport Irvin L. Hunt stranded in the Makassar Strait, 1941

Online Library of Selected Images:
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S.S. Edenton (American freighter, 1918).
Was USS Edenton (ID # 3696) in 1918-1919 and the Army cargo ship USAT Irvin L. Hunt in 1941-1947.
Intended to become a U.S. Navy cargo ship (AK-38) in 1941-1942.

U.S. Army Transport Irvin L. Hunt, a 6958 gross ton cargo ship, was launched in November 1918 at Seattle, Washington, as the civilian steamship Edenton. When completed in December of that year she was turned over to the Navy and placed in commission as USS Edenton (ID # 3696). After steaming to the East Coast, she crossed the Atlantic in February 1919, taking a cargo of famine-relief flour to Adriatic Sea ports. Edenton arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana early in May 1919, was decommissioned about a week later and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board.

In February 1941 Edenton was taken over by the War Department from the U.S. Maritime Commission and renamed Irvin L. Hunt. She was scheduled for further transfer to the U.S. Navy, and assigned the hull number AK-38, but remained in Army service through the Second World War and for more than a year after the conflict's end. Once the Army's need for her had ended Irvin L. Hunt was returned to the Maritime Commission and again renamed Edenton. She was placed in reserve at Astoria, Oregon, in January 1947, sold in March 1948 and was probably scrapped soon thereafter.

Note: Some sources list the ship's name as Irwin L. Hunt. However, the name Irvin L. Hunt is painted on the ship's bow in the photographs presented below and can be clearly made out in the original prints, though not so clearly in the Online Library's relatively low-resolution images.

This page features all available views of the civilian steamship Edenton, USS Edenton (ID # 3696), and the U.S. Army Transport Irvin L. Hunt.


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S.S. Edenton
(American Freighter, 1918)

Ready to be launched on 9 November 1918 by the Skinner & Eddy Corp., Seattle, Wash.

Source: Courtesy Dr. Mark Kulikowski.

 
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S.S. Edenton
(American Freighter, 1918)

Starting down the launch ways on 9 November 1918 by the Skinner & Eddy Corp., Seattle, Wash.

Source: Courtesy Dr. Mark Kulikowski.

 
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S.S. Edenton
(American Freighter, 1918)

Reaching the water during launching on 9 November 1918 by the Skinner & Eddy Corp., Seattle, Wash.

Source: Courtesy Dr. Mark Kulikowski.

 
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S.S. Edenton
(American Freighter, 1918)

In the water after being launched on 9 November 1918 by the Skinner & Eddy Corp., Seattle, Wash.

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

 
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S.S. Edenton
(American Freighter, 1918)

Fitting out afloat in November 1918 at the Skinner & Eddy Corp. shipyard, Seattle, Wash.
Built in 70 days, she was delivered to the Emergency Fleet Corporation on 5 December 1918.

Source: Courtesy Dr. Mark Kulikowski.

 
Photo #: NH 98483

U.S. Army Transport Irvin L. Hunt


Stranded in the Makassar Strait, Netherlands East Indies, in 1941. Two Dutch tugs are visible beyond her stern, working to refloat her.
Note: This ship is listed in some sources as Irwin L. Hunt, but the name Irvin L. Hunt can be clearly read on her bow in this view. She was built in 1918 as the SS Edenton.

Courtesy of J. Bos, 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 41KB; 740 x 440 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 98484

U.S. Army Transport Irvin L. Hunt


Stranded in the Makassar Strait, Netherlands East Indies, in 1941. A Dutch tug is visible beyond her stern, working to refloat her.

Courtesy of J. Bos, 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 40KB; 740 x 440 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 98485

U.S. Army Transport Irvin L. Hunt


Stranded in the Makassar Strait, Netherlands East Indies, in 1941, with two Dutch tugs working to refloat her. Photographed from on board one of the tugs.

Courtesy of J. Bos, 1973.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 53KB; 740 x 445 pixels

 


Note: The Naval Historical Center's Photographic Section holds six other views showing USAT Irvin L. Hunt stranded in the Makassar Strait in 1941. Taken at the same time as those shown above and received from the same source, they essentially duplicate the photos presented here or are of inferior image quality. In May 2003 these photographs were held in file location UA-149-ml.


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