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Bussum (ID 2468)


  • Built in 1917 by A. Vuyk and Son, Capelle-am-Yssel, Holland
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Bussum (ID 2468), 27 March 1918
  • Decommissioned 16 May 1918 at Philadelphia, PA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Returned to her Dutch owners 20 May 1919
  • On 19 July 1918 SS Bussum was one of three merchantmen which rescued survivors of the armored cruiser San Diego (ACR 6), which had been sunk off Fire Island, NY
  • Bussum resumed a commercial career that lasted until she was sunk by the German submarine U-100, 23 November 1940.


  • Displacement 8,550 t.
  • Length 360'
  • Beam 48'
  • Draft 20' 10"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 1,600hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Bussum 66k Possibly photographed when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 22 March 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65102
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    Bussum is a commune southeast of Amsterdam, Holland.

    Bussum (No. 2468), a cargo vessel, was launched in 1917 by A. Vuyk and Son, Capelle-am-Yssel, Holland, for Vinkle and Co., Amsterdam, Holland. She was interned at New York in March 1918 by customs officials and turned over to the Shipping Board. Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918, she was placed in commission 27 March 1918.

    Retaining her merchant marine crew, she served with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service until May 1918 and made one coastwise trip to San Juan, P. R. Bussum was decommissioned at Philadelphia 16 May 1918 and returned to the Shipping Board.

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