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Panuco (ID 1533)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - Pup - Sail


  • Built in 1917 by the Seattle Construction and Drydock Co., Seattle, WA (Renamed the Todd Dry Dock and Construction Company)
  • Delivered 9 January 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 13 September 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 28 April 1919 at New York, struck from the Navy Register and returned to her owner
  • Destroyed by fire 18 August 1941 at Brooklyn, NY.


  • Displacement 8,060 t.
  • Length 368'
  • Beam 47' 11"
  • Draft 22' 6"
  • Speed 14.25 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Panuco 99k This photograph was taken on 14 January 1917, around the time of her completion at Seattle, Washington
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65126
    Robert Hurst
    Panuco 81k Photograph may have been taken around the time of a 1917 inspection by the Third Naval District
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105279

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Panuco (ID-1533), built in 1917 by the Seattle Construction and Drydock Co., Seattle, Wash., was acquired 13 September 1918 on bare boat charter from the New York and Cuba Mail S.S. Co., New York City, and commissioned the same day, Lt. Comdr. E. [Edward] B. Lambert, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to NOTS, Panuco was carried on both the Army and Shipping Board accounts before her return to her owner. On the Army account until 23 December 1918, she carried general cargo to France (26 September-16 October 1918) and returned, in ballast, to New York in November. Transferred to the Shipping Board account, she sailed from New Orleans, 22 January 1919, and carried cargo to various South American ports. She returned to New York 19 April, decommissioned 28 April and was turned over to the Shipping Board the same day for return to her owner.

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