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Photo # NH 65118:  USS Oskawa in 1918


with Fewer than Three Hull Islands

Two of the U.S. Navy's WWI era cargo ships had fewer than three hull islands. Each had different characteristics and is listed separately. Three had flush decks with different numbers of kingpost pairs, two were flush decked except for a short well forward, and two had two hull islands, a forecastle and a poop. One of these ships had three masts, the others had the usual two. One, built in the 1870s, was the Navy's last non-refrigerated supply ship.

This page features a table (with links to individual ships) of World War I era U.S. Navy supply ships and refrigerated cargo ships with fewer than three hull islands, plus a photograph of each ship in this group.

Ships in this group:

TWO SHIPS, subdivided as shown below:

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ONE SHIP -- with One Smokestack, Two Single Masts, and Raised Hull Islands Forward (Forecastle) and Aft (Poop): Foreign built

  • Sagua, USN 1918-1919 (British built, ex Dutch S.S. Van der Duyn, 1914).
  • 3299 Gross Tons, Length 331.1', Beam 45', Comm. 12 Aug 18, Decom. 19 May 19, ID # 1627

     USS Sagua, 1919:


    ONE SHIP -- with One Smokestack, Two Single Masts, and Raised Hull Islands Forward (Forecastle) and Aft (Poop): Emergency Fleet Corporation Design 1015. (Nine ships of this type that did not have refrigerated holds are listed with the cargo ships.)

  • Oskawa, USN 1919-1919 (ex American S.S. Oskawa, 1918).
  • 6100 Gross Tons, Length 402.0', Beam 53.0', Comm. 6 Jan 19, Decom. 27 Feb 19, ID # 3797
    NOTE: Three other refrigerated ships of this class were acquired by the Navy from the Shipping Board in 1921. They served through World War II as USS Arctic (AF-7), Boreas (AF-8), and Yukon (AF-9).

     USS Oskawa, 1918:


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