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Cargo ship Watonwan, which was USS Watonwan in 1918-19

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Watonwan (American Cargo Ship, 1918).
Served as USS Watonwan (ID # 3872, later 4296) in 1918-19

Watonwan, a 6107 gross ton freighter built in 1918 for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) at Bristol, Pa., by the Merchants' Shipbuilding Co., was taken over by the Navy on 4 February 1919 for use with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) and commissioned at Philadelphia the same day.

After loading 7,087 tons of flour, Watonwan departed Philadelphia on 19 February, bound for the British Isles, and arrived in Falmouth, England, on 5 March. After discharging a part of her cargo there, she departed that port on the 12th and called at Plymouth and Gibraltar before sailing from the latter port on 22 March for Italy. Reaching Genoa on 26 March, the ship discharged the last of her cargo of flour there, loaded 1,250 tons of stone ballast, and sailed via Gibraltar for the United States.

Watonwan tarried briefly at Norfolk, arriving on the 26th and departing the next day, before moving on to New Orleans, La. She arrived there on 8 May and was decommissioned on 14 May. She was simultaneously struck from the Navy list and turned back to the Shipping Board. Laid up in 1923, Watonwan was eventually abandoned due to age and deterioration and was scrapped at Baltimore in late 1930.

This page features all available views of the cargo ship Watonwan, which served as USS Watonwan in 1918-19.

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

After launching on 14 August 1918.
The reverse side of this post card may be seen here.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, circa 2013.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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

Shown fitting out on 23 December 1918 at the Merchants' Shipbuilding Corp., Harriman, Pennsylvania.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-S.


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