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Celebes (ID 2680)


  • Built by the Furness, Withy and Company, Ltd., West Hartlepool, England
  • Launched in 1907
  • Seized by Customs officials at Newport News, VA from the Stoomv. Maats, Holland
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918
  • Commissioned 6 April 1918
  • Transferred to the United States Shipping Board 2 May 1919 at Amsterdam, The Netherlands for return to her owners
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 5,875 t.
  • Length 394'
  • Beam 51' 6"
  • Draft 25' 10½"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,300hp verticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Celebes 110k In port, possibly when inspected by the Fifth Naval District on 4 April 1918
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 102736
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR O. E. May, USNRF6 April 1918
    02LT Osborne E. McKay, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:


    Celebes, the English name given to the island of Sulawesi, Republic of Indonesia.

    Celebes (No. 2680), a cargo vessel, was launched in 1907 by Furness, Withy Company, Limited, West Hartlepool, England; seized by Customs officials at Newport News, VA., under the Presidential Proclamation of 20 March 1918, transferred from the Shipping Board the following day; and commissioned 6 April 1918, Lieutenant Commander O. E. May, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Celebes made four transatlantic voyages from New York calling at St. Nazaire, Verdon, and La Pallice, France, between 2 Mav 1918 and 15 February 1919. After providing this supply support to the American Expeditionary Force, she sailed from New York 15 March for Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here she was turned over to the Shipping Board 2 May 1919 for transfer to her Dutch owners.

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