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Sudbury (ID 2149)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Quack - Vice


  • Built in 1917 by the Chester Shipbuilding Corp., Chester, PA for the Shawmut Steamship Co. of New York
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Sudbury (ID 2149), 4 March 1918
  • Decommissioned 11 April 1919, struck from the Naval Register and returned to her owner
  • Acquired by the United American Lines of New York
  • Sold in 1927 to the Munson Steamship Line of New York and renamed Munbeaver
  • Sold in 1938 to the Italian Capo Line and renamed Capo Alga
  • Scuttled 18 August 1944 at St. Nazaire, France.


  • Displacement 10,400 t.
  • Length 402' 1"
  • Beam 51'
  • Draft 23' 10½"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: One 5"/51 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Three Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one 2,300hp Westinghouse steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    SS Sudbury
    Sudbury 98k Shown on a color post card being launched on 9 September 1917 at the Chester Shipbuilding Co., Chester, Pa., for the Shawmut Line
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst
    SS Munbeaver
    Sudbury 59k SS Munbeaver serving with the Munson Steamship Line of New York between 1927 and 1938. She was similar in appearance to the somewhat larger USS Auburn [ID 3842], the next freighter to be built at the Chester, Pennsylvania shipyard
    Old Ship Photo Galleries photo from
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Charles F. Smith, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Sudbury (ID. No. 2149) was built in 1917 by the Chester Shipbuilding Corp., Chester, Pa., and operated by the Shawmut Steamship Co. She was acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 5 March 1918 at Philadelphia for service in the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS).

    Sudbury loaded a cargo of Army supplies and sailed on 20 March for New York where she joined a convoy that got underway for France four days later. She arrived at Brest on 8 April. From there, she proceeded to Bordeaux, unloaded her cargo, and sailed on 5 May for New York. The cargo ship made three more voyages to France in 1918. On 10 January 1919, she sailed from Philadelphia to Trieste and returned on 3 April. Eight days later Sudbury was decommissioned struck from the Navy fist, and returned to her owner.

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