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Clio (ID 2578)



Call sign (1913):
Pup - Dog - King - Xray


Call sign (1933):
Negative - King - Hypo - Dog

Freighter:

  • Built in 1910 by the Werfte Voorh Rijkee and Co., Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Launched 19 February 1910
  • Acquired by the Navy, 21 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Clio (ID 2578), 3 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 23 April 1918 at New Orleans, LA and transferred to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owners, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij. (KNSM) of Amsterdam, Holland
  • Sold in 1934 to Sovtorgflot of Leningrad, Soviet Union, renamed Desna and assigned her to the Black Sea State Sea Shipping Co.
  • Struck a Soviet mine in 1941 and was damaged
  • On 9 November 1941, while under tow in Novorossisk Bay, it struck a German aircraft-laid mine and sank at location 44 43' N., 37 49' E.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 2,927 t.
  • Length 332'
  • Beam 44' 4"
  • Draft 19'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Propulsion: One (NV Scheepsbouwmaatschappij Fijenoord, Rotterdam, Holland) triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Clio 68k Royal Netherlandsche-Steamboat Society photo from Shipscribe.com Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:

    Clio

    The muse of history in Greek mythology.

    The first Clio (No. 2578) was built in 1910 by Werfte Voorh Rijkee and Co., Rotterdam, Holland; seized by Customs officials at Key West, Fla., under the 20 March 1918 Presidential Proclamation; transferred to the Navy from the Shipping Board 21 March 1918; and commissioned 3 April 1918, Lieutenant Commander D. M. Helle, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Clio sailed from Key West 5 April for Havana, Cuba, arriving the next day. She departed Cuba 15 April and arrived 4 days later at New Orleans, La., where she was placed out of commission and returned to the Shipping Board 23 April 1918.


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