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Buitenzorg (ID 2541)


  • Built in 1916 by Kon. Maats de Schelde, Vlissengen (Flushing), Holland
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918 at New York, NY
  • Commissioned 29 March 1918
  • Returned to her owners 17 July 1919 at Rotterdam, Holland
  • Ran aground 14 January 1941 at Sound of Mull, Scotland.


  • Displacement 14,538 t.
  • Length 445' 8"
  • Beam 54' 2"
  • Draft 27' 7"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 6"/50 mount and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two double-emded and two single-ended boilers, one 3,750hp verticle triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Buitenzorg 111k Fitting out at de Schelde, Vlissingen (Flushing) in 1916
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst
    Buitenzorg 58k Photo from
    Buitenzorg 120k In port, possibly when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 25 March 1918. She is wearing Dutch neutrality markings
    U.S. Navy photo NH 64593
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Howard R. Epeland, USNRF 29 March 1918
    02LCDR Carroll E. Higgins, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    Buitenzorg is a city in western Java.

    Buitenzorg (No. 2541), a freighter, was launched in 1916 by Kon. Maats. de Schelde, Vlissengen, Holland, for Dutch owners; seized 20 March 1918 at New York by customs officials and turned over to the Shipping Board; transferred to the Navy the following day, and commissioned 29 March 1918, Lieutenant (junior grade) H. R. Epeland, USNRF in command.

    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Buitenzorg delivered general cargo to various French ports, making three round trips before the war ended. On her fourth voyage in November 1918 she was used as an animal transport, discharg ing her cargo at Quiberon and St. Nazaire, France. She made two more crossings in 1919 while operated by the Navy. On her sixth and last trip she was ordered to proceed to Rotterdam, Holland, and was returned to her Dutch owners 17 July 1919.

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