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USS Hilton (ID 1574)
ex-USAT Hilton



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Charlie - Boy - Have


Hilton served both the U. S. Army and the Navy


Freighter:

  • Built in 1911 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Acquired by the Army in September 1917 and placed in service at USAT Hilton
  • Acquired by the Navy in November 1918 and commissioned USS Hilton (ID 1574) the same day
  • Decommissioned, 16 April 1919 at Hampton Roads, VA and returned to her owners
  • Cut down to a barge in 1935 and renamed Hercules in 1935
  • Scrapped in 1951.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 6,600 t.
  • Length 313' 6"
  • Beam 46'
  • Draft 20' 8"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: One 5" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 1,200ihp steam engine, One shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Hilton 87k The photograph was taken by E.P. Griffith of Newport News, Virginia, probably at the time of the ship's completion by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 70458
    Robert Hurst
    Hilton 81k Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105263

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Hilton ( No. 1574) was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. in 1911 and chartered from A. H. Bull Steamship Co., New York, by the Army in September 1917. A year later she was acquired by the Navy, and commissioned at Cardiff, Wales, on a November 1918, Lt. Comdr. Walter L. Farnsworth in command.

    Out of Cardiff, Hilton delivered two cargos in France, to Bordeaux early in December and St. Nazaire in January. She returned to Cardiff and went on to Southampton to load, sailing for home 6 March.

    Hilton arrived Hampton Roads 27 March and decommissioned there 16 April 1919, being redelivered to her owners.


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