Specifications: Displacement 10,000 t.; Length 380'; Beam 51'; Draft 22' 11"; Speed 10 kts.; Complement 82; Armament two 4".
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|83k||In port, circa 1917-1919.
U.S. Navy photo NH 94483-A
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Between 21 November 1917 and 16 March 1919 Dochra made six voyages from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Norfolk and New York to French ports, carrying 11,874 tons of cargo, mostly beef and other foodstuffs, for the American Expeditionary Force and naval forces operating European waters. On 29 June 1918 she sailed for Halifax with a convoy but lost company during the night. Two days later while seeking to rejoin her companions, she was overtaken by the German submarine U-151 and shelled. Dochra beat off the attack, evaded the enemy, and returned to Halifax safely.
After the war Dochra sailed from New York 26 March 1919, delivered a cargo of supplies for the fleet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, then returned to Norfolk 16 April. She was decommissioned at New York 10 May 1919, and delivered to the Shipping Board for return to her owners the same day.
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