Ternate, a 5909 gross ton freighter, was built at Port Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907 for the Rotterdam Lloyd shipping company. She was seized at Newport News by the United States Government on 20 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 Ternate (ID # 2697) on 6 April 1918. She steamed first to New York to fit out for naval service, then to New Orleans to load an Army cargo, then to Norfolk to bunker, and then back to New York to join a convoy that sailed on 25 May for France. After arriving at Norfolk on 1 August, she repeated her itinerary, loading cargo at New Orleans, bunkering at Norfolk, and sailing in convoy from New York for France on 2 September. Returning to Norfolk on 23 October, Ternate made a direct voyage from that port to France beginning in late November, carrying general Army supplies and animals. Following repairs at Norfolk, she sailed on 2 February 1919 from Savannah, Georgia, on a voyage for the U.S. Shipping Board to Genoa, Italy. The ship returned to New York on 11 April and was decommissioned and turned over to the Shipping Board on 17 April 1919. Ternate was then returned to her Dutch owner, whom she continued to serve until scrapped in Japan in 1930.
This page features all available views concerning the Dutch freighter Ternate, which was USS Ternate (ID # 2697) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 105234
S.S. Ternate (Dutch Freighter, 1907)
In port wearing Dutch neutrality markings, possibly when inspected at Newport News on 4 April 1918. This ship was in commission as USS Ternate (ID # 2697) from 6 April 1918 to 17 April 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 9 October 2007