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|76k||Photographed by E.P. Griffith of Newport News, Virginia, probably while fitting out at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, circa 1917.
U.S. Navy photo NH 70476
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Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, El Capitan made four transatlantic voyages between 29 March and 23 November 1918. She carried various supplies and equipment from east coast ports to Brest, Verdon, Le Havre, Plymouth and Devonport. On her second voyage, one day out of Philadelphia, she sighted a U-boat abeam. Her guns forced the submarine to dive before it could attack.
El Capitan was decommissioned 1 February 1919 at New York and transferred to the Shipping Board.the same day for return to her owners.
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