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Civilian Identification Numbered Ships Photo Archive
Biesbosch (ID 2499)
Freighter/Salvage Ship:Built in 1916 by J. P. Wilmink and Co., Groninjen, HollandAcquired by the Navy 12 August 1918Commissioned Biesbosch (ID 2499), 18 November 1918By that time the First World War had been over for a week, but the ship continued preparation for active service and, in December 1918, steamed south to her new base at Key West, FloridaBiesbosch began her salvage work late in that month, beginning the two week job of refloating the freighter Bedminster, which was aground on the Georgia coastIn February 1919 she assisted the Navy tanker W.L. Steed (ID 3449), stranded in the Bahamas; the SS Novian, aground near the mouth of the Mississippi River; and the SS Paloma, which had run agroundin Cuban watersHer last major task was in late March and early April, refloating the French steamer BoieldieuDecommissioned and struck from the Navy Register 13 May 1919 at Staten Island, NY and returned to the United States Shipping BoardFollowing return to her owners she resumed her commercial career, which lasted, under both the Dutch and Belgian flags, until about 1923-1924Fate unknown.
Specifications:Displacement 1,100 t.Length 160'Beam 25' 4½"Draft 12' 6"Speed 8 kts.Complement 45Armament: One 3"/50 mountPropulsion: One single ended boiler, one 300hp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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||In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 1 April 1918
U.S. Navy photo NH 99362
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|01||LT H. R. Foster, USNRF||1919|
|02||LTJG Elvin M. Harker, USNRF||1919|
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Biesbosch (No. 2499), a salvage steamer, was built in 1916 by J. P. Wilmink and Co., Groninjen, Holland; bare-boat chartered to the Navy by the Shipping Board 12 August 1918; and commissioned 18 November 1918, Lieutenant (Junior grade) E. M. Harker, USNR, in command.
Biesbosch was assigned to the Southern Salvage Division, 7th Naval District, Key West, Fla., and arrived 21 December 1918. At various times she assisted vessels aground off the coasts of Florida and Georgia. On 27 April 1919 she arrived back in New York where she was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board 13 May 1919.
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