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Moccasin (ID 1322)


Freighter:

  • The third Moccasin was built in 1903 as Prinz Joachim by Flensburger Schiffsbau, Gesellschaft, Flensburg, Germany
  • Seized by the United States Shipping Board (USSB) after war broke out and renamed Moccasin
  • Chartered by the Army in 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 February 1918
  • Commissioned USS Moccasin (ID 1322), 26 February 1918
  • Decommissioned 2 June 1919 and returned to the USSB the same day
  • Renamed Porto Rico between 1920/1922
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 4,7059 t.
  • Length 370' 6"
  • Beam 45' 3"
  • Draft 23' 9"
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 174
  • Armament: One 6" and one 3" mount.
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    Moccasin 98k Probably photographed soon after she was taken over by the U.S. Shipping Board in 1917. Formerly the German merchant ship Prinz Joachim, she still wears that name on her bow.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101818
    Naval Historical Center
    Moccasin 115k Listing and flooding alongside a pier at the Erie Basin in Brooklyn, New York, between the time she was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board by the Navy in June 1919 and sold by the Shipping Board as S.S. Porto Rico between 1920 and 1922. The nature of the accident is unknown, although other ships had similar mishaps in the New York area during the World War I period, including the refrigerated cargo ship Sixaola and the transports America and St. Paul
    Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105953
    Robert Hurst

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