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Tanamo (ID 2176)

Refrigerated Cargo Ship:

  • Built in 1914 as Van Nogendorp by Swain Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 August 1918
  • Commissioned USS Tanamo (ID 2176), 17 August 1918
  • Decommissioned 24 April 1919 and returned to her owner, the Sarnia Steamship Corp. of Broadway, NY
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 6,000 t.
  • Length 331' 1"
  • Beam 46' 2"
  • Draft 21' 1"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 105.
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    Tanamo 91k In a snowy port, circa winter 1918-1919. Note the ship's weathered pattern camouflage and the name board on the face of her bridge
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 65044 from
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Tanamo (Id. No. 2176), built in 1914 as Van Nogendorp by Swain Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, was taken over by the Navy at New York on 9 August 1918 on a bare-boat basis from the Sarnia Steamship Corp., Broadway, N.Y. She was refitted as a refrigerator ship and commissioned on 17 August 1918.

    Tanamo, assigned to duty with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, loaded a cargo of beef and 57 trucks and sailed in a convoy on the 17th for France. Due to boiler trouble, she dropped out of the convoy, entering Halifax on the 30th for temporary repairs and then proceeding on 5 September to New York for additional repairs. On 4 October, Tanamo sailed with a convoy for Verdon, arrived there on the 20th and unloaded her cargo.

    The ship sailed for home on 3 November and arrived at New York on the 19th. After general repairs and loading 1,479 tons of beef and a deck load of trucks she returned to St. Nazaire on 14 December 1918. She began her last round-trip voyage from New York to France for the Navy on 15 February 1919.

    Upon her return to New York on 2 April, the ship was scheduled for demobilization. Tanamo was decommissioned on 24 April 1919 and returned to her owner.

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