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Photo #  NH 100565:  S.S. Point Bonita, later USS Point Bonita (ID # 3496), on 22 June 1918

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S.S. Point Bonita (American Freighter, 1918).
Later S.S. San Pedro and S.S. Oliver Olson.
Served as USS Point Bonita (ID # 3496) in 1918-1919 and as USS Camanga (AG-42) in 1942-1945.

Point Bonita, a 2675 gross ton (4075 tons displacement) freighter built at Portland, Oregon, was completed in June 1918. Commissioned in the Navy on 7 October 1918 as USS Point Bonita (ID # 3496), she sailed in mid-October with a convoy for Nantes, France, arrived there in early November and returned to New York in mid-December. The ship then loaded a partial cargo for the U.S. Shipping Board before moving to Norfolk, Virginia, to load coal for the use of Naval ships operating in the Hawaiian area. Sailing in early January 1919, she delivered her cargo at Pearl Harbor in February and returned to New York at the end of March. Point Bonita was decommissioned there on 7 April 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board.

Reentering merchant service in 1919 as S.S. Point Bonita, she was renamed San Pedro in 1923 and Oliver Olson in 1937. After more than two decades in the Merchant Marine, the ship again had Naval service during World War II as USS Camanga (AG-42). Placed in commission on 25 April 1942, she was employed as a cargo carrier in the South Pacific for the next three and a half years. Camanga was decommissioned in December 1945. Resuming commercial service in 1946 as Oliver Olson, she ran aground off Bandon, Oregon, in November 1953 and was scrapped at Napa, California, in 1954.

This page features all available views concerning the American freighter Point Bonita, USS Point Bonita (ID # 3496), USS Camanga (AG-42), S.S. San Pedro, and S.S. Oliver Olson.


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Photo #: NH 65124

S.S. Point Bonita
(American freighter, 1918)

On a trial trip on 22 June 1918 near the yard of her builder, the Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland, Oregon. This ship was in commission as USS Point Bonita (ID # 3496) from October 1918 to April 1919

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 100565

S.S. Point Bonita
(American freighter, 1918)

Possibly photographed around the time of the ship's inspection by the Third Naval District on 7 October 1918. This ship was in commission as USS Point Bonita (ID # 3496) from October 1918 to April 1919

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 53KB; 740 x 410 pixels

 


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