Vittorio Emmanuele III, a 4855 gross ton freighter, was built at Seattle, Washington, in 1918. She was taken over for Navy service in June 1918 and placed in commission as USS Vittorio Emmanuele III (ID # 3095). In July the ship went to Arica, Chile, to pick up a load of nitrates, which she carried to Norfolk, Virginia, in August. Between September 1918 and March 1919 she made two round-trip voyages to France with U.S. Army shipments. Decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board in April 1919, she was subsequently employed in commercial trade under the names Vittorio Emmanuele III and Vitorlock. Her career apparently ended in 1947, when she disappeared from shipping registers.
This page features all available views of the freighter Vittorio Emmanuele III, which served as USS Vittorio Emmanuele III (ID # 3095) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 65032-A
S.S. Vittorio Emmanuele III (American Freighter, 1918)
Photographed just after she was launched by the Seattle Construction & Dry Dock Company, Seattle, Washington, 24 May 1918.
Laid down as S.S. Dungeness and renamed before launching, this ship was taken over by the Navy on 27 June 1918 and placed in commission one day later as USS Vittorio Emmanuele III (ID # 3095). She was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 3 April 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 30 November 2003