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S.S. Karen Rogenaes, ex S.S. Noord-Brabant

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S.S. Noord-Brabant (Dutch Freighter, 1916)
Was briefly USS Noord Brabant (ID # 2535) in April 1918

Noord-Brabant, a 2332 gross ton (5850 tons displacement) freighter, was built at Bolnes, The Netherlands, in 1916 for a single-ship Rotterdam firm. She was seized at New York by the United States Government on 20 March 1918 under the right of angary, which allowed a belligerent power to use the property of a neutral nation if necessary, subject to full indemnification. The Navy took the ship over from the U. S. Shipping Board on 1 April 1918 and commissioned her the next day as USS Noord Brabant (ID # 2535) for service with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (N.O.T.S.). On 22 April 1918, however, she was placed out of commission and returned to the Shipping Board without having performed any active Navy service. The Shipping Board returned her to her Dutch owner before July 1919. In 1920 the ship became the Norwegian Karen Rogenaes. She was wrecked on 1 October 1921 off Point Ferrola in the Strait of Belle Isle, between Labrador and Newfoundland, while on a voyage from Montreal to Skien, Norway, with a cargo of wheat.

This page features all available views concerning the Dutch freighter Noord-Brabant, which was briefly USS Noord Brabant (ID # 2535) in April 1918.

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Photo #: NH 105227

S.S. Noord-Brabant
(Dutch Freighter, 1916)

In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 27 March 1918. This ship was in commission as USS Noord Brabant (ID # 2535) from 2 to 22 April 1918 but performed no naval service. She is wearing Dutch neutrality markings.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 63KB; 610 x 675 pixels

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S.S. Karen Rogenaes
(Norwegian Freighter, 1916)

Built as the Dutch S.S. Noord Brabant, she is shown here after her sale to Norwegian owners in 1920. Note her similarity to many ships built on the American Great Lakes circa 1916-18.

Source: www.wrecksite.eu.


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