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WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 101976-A:  Freighter Manta, photographed circa 1917


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S.S. Manta (U.S. Freighter, 1916).
Served as USS Manta (ID # 2036) in 1917-1919

The S.S. Manta, a 3800-ton freighter, was built at Chicago, Illinois, in 1916 for the Clyde Steamship Company. The U.S. Navy chartered her for World War I service, placing her in commission in December 1917 as USS Manta (ID # 2036). After about six months' operations as a Naval Overseas Transportation Service cargo ship, she made two voyages transporting mines to Europe. Damaged by a storm in late October 1918, she had to be towed to Norfolk, Virginia, for repairs. USS Manta was decommissioned in March 1919 and returned to her owner.

This page features all available views concerning S.S. Manta, which was USS Manta (ID # 2036) in 1917-1919.


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Photo #: NH 101976-A

SS Manta
(U.S. Freighter, 1916)

Photographed circa 1917.
This ship was taken over by the Navy and placed in commission on 8 December 1917 as USS Manta (ID # 2036). After World War I service, she was returned to her owner on 13 March 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 101976

SS Manta
(U.S. Freighter, 1916)

Photographed circa 1917.
This ship was taken over by the Navy and placed in commission on 8 December 1917 as USS Manta (ID # 2036). After World War I service, she was returned to her owner on 13 March 1919.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: None

USS Manta
(ID # 2036)

Near Oban, Scotland, on one of her two visits to that area, ca. 1 August 1918 or 30 October 1918.
The crates on deck contain aircraft. Note that their camouflage paint is integrated with that of the ship.

The original print is now at the Naval History and Heritage Command as Photo # 2014.97.01.

Source: Mary Ellen Kinnebrew-Skinner.

 


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