Oregonian, a 5648 gross ton steam freighter built in 1901 at Chester, Pennsylvania, was chartered by the U.S. Army in late 1917 for World War I service. She was taken over by the Navy in August 1918 and placed in commission as USS Oregonian (ID # 1323). As a unit of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, she steamed across the Atlantic to France in September 1918 and returned to the U.S. the following month. Post-war, she made two more round-trip voyages, one to France and the other into the Mediterranean Sea, with the last one completed in March 1919. USS Oregonian was decommissioned in April 1919 and returned to her owners.
This page features all available views of the freighter Oregonian, which was USS Oregonian (ID # 1323) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 102081
SS Oregonian (American Freighter, 1901)
Probably photographed shortly before or after her World War I Naval service.
Chartered by the U.S. Army in late 1917, this ship was taken over by the Navy on 15 August 1918 and commissioned on 17 August as USS Oregonian (ID # 1323). She was returned to her owner on 15 April 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 445 pixels
Page made 31 July 2002