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Eurana (ID 1594)



Navy call sign:
George - Fox - Vice - Sail



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Fox - Rush - Sail

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


Freighter:

  • Built in 1916 by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 13 September 1918 and commissioned USS Eurana (ID 1594) the same day
  • Decommissioned, 9 October 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the Army for transfer to her owner, the American South African Line of New York
  • Renamed Alamar in 1930
  • Bombed approximately 100 miles southeast of Bear Island 27 May 1942 by German Stuka dive bombers
  • Torpedoed and scuttled by the British submarine HMS Trident (N 52) as a hazard to navigation.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 9,300 t.
  • Length 410'
  • Beam 56' 2"
  • Draft 26'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: Two 4" mounts
  • Propulsion: One 4,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Eurana
    Eurana 105k Wearing neutrality markings, circa 1917, prior to U.S. entry into World War I.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 70457
    Robert Hurst
    USS Eurana (ID 1594)
    Eurana 43k In port, circa 1918-1919.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105201
    Robert Hurst
    Eurana 85k c. 1919
    Photo by Dr. C. N. Caldwell from the Caldwell Kvaran Archives
    Courtesy of Einar Einarsson Kvaran
    Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Eurana (No. 1594), a cargo ship, was built in 1916 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Calif. Acquired by the Navy 13 September 1918; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander J. Foster, USNRF in command.

    Between 4 October 1918 and 14 September 1919, Eurana made four voyages from east coast ports to carry passengers and cargo for the Army Expeditionary Force and the Army of Occupation to LaPallice, Verdon, Bordeaux, St. Nazaire, and Brest, France. She was present in Brest 29 June 1919 to honor President W. Wilson leaving France in George Washington. Eurana was decommissioned 9 October 1919 at Norfolk, and returned to the Army for transfer to her owner.


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