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Bali (ID 2483)

Freighter: Built by Rotterdam Droogd. Maats., Rotterdam, Netherlands; Launched in 1917; Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918; Commissioned 27 March 1918; Decommissioned 30 May 1919 at Rotterdam, Holland and returned to her owners; Struck from the Navy Registry, (date unknown). Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 17,300 t.; Length 420' 6"; Beam 54' 8"; Draft 29' 3"; Speed 12 kts.; Complement 70; Armament one 5".

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Bali 136k Photographed circa 1917-1918, with Dutch neutrality markings on her bow.
U.S. Navy photo NH 64592
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


Bali is an island in Indonesia.

Bali was a cargo vessel launched in 1917 by Rotterdam Droogd. Maats., Rotterdam, Netherlands; acquired for the Naval Overseas Transportation Service 21 March 1918; and commissioned 27 March 1918 at New York, Lieutenant Commander N. Ferguson, USNRF, in command.

Upon commissioning she immediately loaded a cargo of Army supplies and sailed for St. Nazaire. Bali operated in European waters until May 1919. She was placed out of commission at Amsterdam, Holland, 30 May 1919 and returned to her former owner.

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