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USS Camanga (AG-42)
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USS Point Bonita (ID#3496) (1918 - 1919)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Yankee - Juliet
NUYJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Cargo Ship / Camanga Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
  • Built in 1918, at Albina Engine and Machine Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 27 March 1918
  • Completed in June 1918 and requisitioned by the United States Shipping Board (USSB), assigned the Identification Number (ID-3496)
  • Acquired by the Navy, 7 October 1918
  • Commissioned USS Point Bonita, 7 October 1918, LCDR. P. J. Hansen, USNRF, in command
  • Decommissioned, 7 April 1919, at New York and returned to the USSB
  • Sold in 1920 to the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.
  • Sold in 1924 to Hammond Lumber Co., entered in the steam schooner trade under the name SS San Pedro
  • Reacquired by the Navy as SS Oliver Olson, 25 April 1942, at Honolulu, T.H. from the Oliver J. Olson & Co.
  • Commissioned, USS Camanga (AG-42), 25 April 1942, LT. R. M. Baughman, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 10 December 1945, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, the same day for disposal
  • Post-War Merchant Service
    Reacquired by the Oliver J. Olson Steamship Co.name reverted to SS Oliver Olson
    Final Disposition, 30 November 30, 1953, ran aground leaving the Coquille River at Bandon, Oregon. The ship was partially salvaged before the hull was filled with rocks and became an integral part of the jetty

    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,671 t.(lt) 5,200 t.(fl)
    Length 300'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 18' 3" (lim)
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 53
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament
    two single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 3,165 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Ellincott vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Scotch boilers, 180psi Sat.
    Ship's Service Generators
    two recip-drive 15Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 1,600shp

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    SS Point Bonita - (USSB)
    Camanga 80k SS Point Bonita on a trial run, 22 June 1918, off Albina Engine & Machine Works, Portland, OR.
    US Navy photo # NH 65124 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Camanga 57k SS Point Bonita photographed around the time of her inspection by the Third Naval District on 7 October 1918.
    US Navy photo # NH 100565 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service
    Camanga 47k SS Oliver Olson underway, date and location unknown. George Murray
    USS Camanga (AG-42)
    Camanga 76k USS Camanga (AG-42) at San Francisco, 30 May 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AG 42 4024-43 dated 5/30/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Camanga 47k Stern view of USS Camanga (AG-42) underway off San Francisco, 30 May 1943. The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AG 42 4046-43 dated 5/30/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Camanga 63k Broad side view of USS Camanga (AG-42) underway off San Francisco, 30 May 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AG 42 4049-43 dated 5/30/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Camanga 71k Broad side view of USS Camanga (AG-42) underway off San Francisco, 30 May 1943. During her merchant service she was converted to a lumber schooner with four tall masts and a shortened shelter deck. USS Majaba (AG-43),
    U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM), Photo No. 19-N-48744
    Darryl Baker
    Camanga 107k USS Camanga (AG-42) underway off San Francisco, 30 May 1943, after completion of an overhaul. During her merchant service she was converted to a lumber schooner with four tall masts and a shortened shelter deck
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 9-N-48746, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Camanga 51k Bow on view of USS Camanga (AG-42) underway off San Francisco, 30 May 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AG 42 4030-43 dated 5/30/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Camanga 47k USS Camanga (AG-42) underway, date and location unknown. George Murray

    USS Point Bonita (ID-3496) and USS Camanga (AG-42)
    DANFS history entries located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hansen, P. J. USNRF7 October 1918 - 7 April 1919Point Bonita
     Decommissioned/Sold7 April 1919 - 25 April 1942 
    01LT. Baughman, Robert M. USNR 25 April 1942 - 1942Camanga
    02LT. Muller, F. A.1942 - 1943Camanga
    03LCDR. Baldwin, James Willia,1943 - ?Camanga
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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