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Roepat (ID 2536)


Freighter: Built in 1914 by William Hamilton & Co., Ltd., Port Glasgow, Scotland for the Netherlands Steamship Co.; Launched 17 December 1913; Acquired by the Navy 17 May 1918 and commissioned the same day; Decommissioned 30 June 1919 at Amsterdam, The Netherlands and returned to her owner, the Nederland Stoomvaart Maats chappij of Amsterdam; Scrapped 15 June 1933 at Osaka, Japan.

Specifications: Displacement 16,100 t.; Length 466'; Beam 55' 11"; Draft 28' 9"; Speed 11 kts.; Complement 70; Armament one 5" and one 3"; Propulsion one 5,300ihp D. Rowan and Co. three cylinder steam engine, one shaft.


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Roepat 79k In port wearing Dutch neutrality markings, possibly at San Francisco when taken over by the U.S. Shipping Board in early April 1918.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 105231
Robert Hurst

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Roepat (Id. No. 2536), built in 1914 by William Hamilton & Co., Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland, for service as a Dutch animal transport ship, was seized by U.S. customs officials, taken over and commissioned as a Naval Overseas Transportation Service vessel 17 May 1918 at New York.

Following refit and refurnishing, Roepat loaded a cargo of general Army supplies and sailed 2 June in convoy for Brest and St. Nazaire where she discharged her cargo. She returned to New York in convoy 30 July.

Loading Army supplies at Norfolk, she sailed in convoy from New York 17 August for Marseille where she arrived 6 September to unload her cargo. She returned to New York 18 October to undergo repairs and load Army cargo for Verdon where she arrived 18 November. She returned to Norfolk 22 December.

Loading a cargo for the Shipping Board Account at Baltimore, she bunkered at New Orleans and sailed from the latter port 5 February 1919 for Cette via Newport News. Discharging her cargo of wheat and grain consigned to the Swiss Government 4 March, she returned to New York 6 May and underwent repairs.

Roepat sailed 24 May for Portland, Maine where she loaded a cargo for the Shipping Board and sailed on the 29th for Amsterdam where she arrived 28 June. On 30 June Roepat was placed out of commission and returned to her owner, Nederland Stoomvaart Maats chappij.


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