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|99k||In port, possibly prior to her World War I era Naval service
Naval Historical Center photo NH 99366
|78k||In port, possibly prior to her World War I Navy service
U.S. Navy Photo NH 101732
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|74k||Docked at a Panama Canal Zone port, circa June 1919. Ships in the right distance appear to include USS Waters (Destroyer No. 115) and USS Partridge (Minesweeper No. 19)
U.S. Navy Photo NH 93940
|161k||c. September 1942
Seen berthing of USS Tattnall (DD 125)
National Archives photos 1N-36099 and 19-N-36101
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Photos added 19 January 2021
|01||ENS T. Gustav Freudendorf, USN||23 July 1917 - 1918|
|02||LT Joseph W. Bettens, USNRF||1918|
One of three sisters, Stheno Eurayle, and Medusa, with snaky hair, who turned the beholder to stone.
Gorgona was built in 1915 by the Staten Island Steam Boat Co., Staten Island, N.Y.; she was commissioned 23 July 1917 at Portsmouth, VA., Ens. T. Gustav Freudendorf in command.
After fitting out at Arundel Cove, Md., until 21 October. Gorgona served with the Atlantic Fleet out of Norfolk, towing target rafts for fleet gunnery practice. She remained on this duty until 24 January 1919 when she sailed to Guantanamo, Cuba, where she towed target rafts for Battleship Forces 1 and 2. From there she sailed to New Orleans, towing two barges on her return, and on 5 April she departed Cuba
Brief duty at New York, on the Potomac River torpedo range. and at Norfolk ended 4 June when Gorgona departed Hoboken, N.J., for the Panama Canal. Arriving at Coco Solo, C.Z., she decommissioned 20 June 1919 and was turned over to the Panama Canal authority.
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