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Launching of the cargo ship Sudbury, which was USS Sudbury in 1918-19


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Sudbury (American Cargo Ship, 1918).
Served as USS Sudbury (ID # 2149) in 1918-19

Sudbury, a 5075 gross ton cargo ship, was launched on 9 September 1917 by the Chester Shipbuilding Corp., Chester, Pa., for the Shawmut Steamship Co. She was acquired by the Navy upon completion and commissioned on 5 March 1918 at Philadelphia for service in the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS).

Sudbury loaded a cargo of Army supplies and sailed on 20 March for New York where she joined a convoy that got underway for France four days later. She arrived at Brest on 8 April. From there, she proceeded to Bordeaux, unloaded her cargo, and sailed on 5 May for New York. The cargo ship made three more voyages to France in 1918. On 10 January 1919, she sailed from Philadelphia to Trieste and returned on 3 April. On 17 April 1919 Sudbury was decommissioned, struck from the Navy list, and returned to her owner.

Sudbury was renamed Munbeaver in 1927 and became the Italian Capo Alga in 1938. She was scuttled on 18 August 1944 at Saint Nazaire, France.

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S.S. Sudbury
(U.S. cargo ship, 1918)

Shown on a color post card being launched on 9 September 1917 at the Chester Shipbuilding Co., Chester, Pa.

Source: Wikipedia.

 
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S.S. Munbeaver
(U.S. cargo ship, 1918)

The former S.S. Sudbury serving with the Munson Steamship Line of New York between 1927 and 1938. She was similar in appearance to the somewhat larger USS Auburn, the next freighter to be built at the Chester, Pa., shipyard.

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