Tivives, a 5017 gross ton passenger and refrigerated cargo ship, was launched at Belfast, Ireland, for the United Fruit Company as Peralta, but was completed in 1911 as Tivives. She was transferred from British to American registry in 1914. The Navy took the ship over and commissioned her at New York on 5 July 1918 as USS Tivives (the registry ID # 4521 was assigned a few years later). After taking on a cargo of beef and eight motor trucks, on 13 July she sailed in convoy for France. Arriving at St. Nazaire on 29 July, she discharged her cargo and steamed back to New York in a convoy between 15 and 26 August. From September 1918 to March 1919 Tivives made four more round trips between New York and France, carrying between 1625 and 1902 tons of beef on each eastbound voyage. USS Tivives was decommissioned and returned, via the U.S. Shipping Board, to her owners on 25 April 1919. Following more than two decades of further commercial service, she was torpedoed and sunk by German aircraft in the Mediterranean on 21 October 1943.
This page features all available views concerning the American passenger and refrigerated cargo ship Tivives, which was USS Tivives (ID # 4521) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 105235
S.S. Tivives (American Passenger & Cargo Ship, 1911)
One of 13 similar 5,000-ton passenger and refrigerated cargo ships built for the United Fruit Company between 1908 and 1911. She was in commission as USS Tivives (ID # 4521) from 5 July 1918 to 25 April 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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