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Dochra (ID 1758)


Freighter: Built in 1906 by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Ltd., Newcastle, England; Acquired by the Navy, 21 October 1917 and commissioned the same day; Decommissioned, 10 May 1919 at New York and transferred to the Shipping Board for return to her owners, Barber and Company of New York City, the same day. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 10,000 t.; Length 380'; Beam 51'; Draft 22' 11"; Speed 10 kts.; Complement 82; Armament two 4".


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Dochra 83k In port, circa 1917-1919.
U.S. Navy photo NH 94483-A
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Dochra (No. 1758) was built in 1906 by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Ltd., Newcastle, England transferred from the Shipping Board 21 October 1917 and commissioned 21 October 1917, Lieutenant Commander C. H. R. Longbottom, USNRF, in command.

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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