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WORLD WAR I

S.S. Samarinda, later USS Samarinda (ID # 2511)

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S.S. Samarinda (Dutch Freighter, 1912)
Served as USS Samarinda (ID # 2511) in 1918-1919

The 6825 gross ton cargo ship Samarinda was completed in June 1912 by W. Hamilton & Co., Ltd., Port Glasgow (Glen Yard), Scotland, for the Rotterdam Lloyd shipping company. Laid up during World War I at New York, She was seized at New York by the United States Government on 21 March 1918 under the right of angary, which allowed a belligerant power to use the property of a neutral nation if necessary, subject to full indemnification. The Navy took her over and commissioned her as USS Samarinda (ID # 2511) on 29 March 1918.

Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), Samarinda departed New York on 9 April in a convoy carrying Army supplies and arrived at Brest, France, on 24 April. She departed France in a westbound convoy on 2 June, arriving at New York on the 15th. There she underwent repairs that included the installation of a 5"/51 gun. After two more round trips from New York carrying general Army supplies and coal to St. Nazaire and Verdon, France, Samarinda was modified at New York, receiving stalls for 550 horses. She completed one more round trip voyage to Quiberon and Nantes, France, though she may not have carried any horses. On 19 March 1919 the freighter sailed from New York on a voyage for the Shipping Board to Copenhagen, and after calling at Hamburg arrived at Rotterdam on 14 May 1919. On the same day Samarinda was decommissioned and returned to her Dutch owner. Her United States crew returned to the United States on board USS Lake Tulare.

Samarinda remained in service with her original Dutch owner until she was scrapped at Bruges in June 1932.

This page features all available views concerning the Dutch freighter Samarinda, which was USS Samarinda (ID # 2511) in 1918-1919.


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S.S. Samarinda
(Dutch cargo ship, 1912)

In Dutch commercial service.

Source: www.krlmuseum.nl/megagalerij/ index.php?cmd=showship&ship=Samarinda1.

 
Photo #: NH 105232

S.S. Samarinda
(Dutch Freighter, 1912)

In port wearing Dutch neutrality markings, possibly when inspected at New York on 29 March 1918. This ship was in commission as USS Samarinda (ID # 2511) from 29 March 1918 to 14 May 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 63KB; 490 x 765 pixels

 
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S.S. Samarinda
(Dutch cargo ship, 1912)

In Dutch commercial service.

Source: www.krlmuseum.nl/megagalerij/ index.php?cmd=showship&ship=Samarinda1. Also www.photoship.co.uk and www.clydeships.co.uk.

 


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