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Photo #  NH 102061:  SS Neponset in camouflage, when first completed in 1918

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Neponset (Freighter, 1918).
Originally named Shawmut.
Served as USS Neponset (ID # 3581) in 1918-1919

The steamship Neponset, a 7699 gross ton freighter, was built at Chester, Pennsylvania. Launched in July 1918 under the name Shawmut, she was renamed before completion. The Navy took her over in late October 1918 and simultaneously placed her in commission as USS Neponset (ID # 3581). She made one voyage across the Atlantic to France in November, carrying general cargo and a shipment of horses. She was decommissioned in early February 1919, after returning to the U.S., and was returned to the United States Shipping Board.

This page features all available views concerning the freighter Neponset, which was USS Neponset (ID # 3581) in 1918-19.

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Photo #: NH 102061

SS Neponset
(American Freighter, 1918)

Photographed in "dazzle" camouflage when first completed by the Sun Shipbuilding Company, Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1918.
This ship was commissioned as USS Neponset (ID # 3581) on 28 October 1918. She was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 4 February 1919.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 103545

S.S. Neponset
(American Freighter, 1918)

In port, possibly on 22 October 1918, when she was inspected by the Third Naval District.
Built in 1918 by the Sun Shipbuilding Company of Chester, Pennsylvania, this freighter was acquired by the Navy on 28 October 1918 and placed in commission at that time as USS Neponset (ID # 3581). In January 1919 it was intended to convert her to a troop transport, but she was instead decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 4 February 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 580 pixels


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