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|97k||In a European port prior to entering U.S. Navy service
U.S. Navy Photo NH 89798
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|136k||In a European port prior to her World War I era Navy service
U.S. Navy Photo NH 89798-A
|109k||Photographed before her World War I Naval service
Naval Historical Center photo NH 102569
|96k||Photographed before World War I by Verkin Photo Company of Galveston, Texas
Naval Historical Center photo NH 102570
The U.S. Navy acquired Winifred for World War I service on 21 June 1918 while she was in drydock at Liverpool, England. Assigned naval registry Identification Number Id. No. 1319, she was commissioned as USS Winifred the same day with Lieutenant J. B. Barneson, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service and operating primarily from Cardiff, Winifred performed coastwise service in British waters and service across the English Channel, lifting supplies from English to French ports and vice versa, through the end of World War I.
Winifred departed Liverpool on 12 December 1918 and proceeded to the United States via the Azores, arriving at New York City on 8 January 1919. Shifting to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania soon thereafter, she was decommissioned there on 13 March 1919. Simultaneously struck from the Naval Vessel Register, she was turned over to the United States Shipping Board on the same day for disposal.
Winifred was returned to the Gulf Refining Company. Once again SS Winifred, she operated from her home port of Port Arthur, Texas until 1936, when she was abandoned due to age and deterioration.
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