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Rijnland (ID 2718)


  • Built in 1900 by Russell and Co., Port Glasgow, Scotland for the Zuid Amerika Lijn of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Launched 24 October 1900
  • Sold in 1908 to Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd of Amsterdam
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918
  • Commissioned 29 March 1918
  • Decommissioned 6 August 1919 and returned to her former owner
  • Scrapped 3 April 1933 at Genoa, Italy.


  • Displacement 5,421 t.
  • Length 403' 6"
  • Beam 51' 5½"
  • Draft 23'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 5"/51 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended and on auxiliary boiler, one vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Rijnland 61k Photo from Robert Hurst
    Rijnland 79k In harbor, probably while interned at Newport News, Virginia, circa March 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99329
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Rijnland, a single-screw steel cargo ship was launched during 1900 by Russell & Co. at Port Glasgow, Scotland, for the Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd Line of Amsterdam and interned during World War I at Newport News, Va. She was seized in March 1918 by Customs officials along with 88 other Dutch vessels, 31 of which entered U.S. Navy service. Rijnland was commissioned 29 March 1918 for service in the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Lt. Comdr. Ottorino Bevilaqua, USNRF, in command.

    Rijnland made three voyages to French ports between 7 May 1918 and 14 December 1918. Loading at Jacksonville, Fla., Newport News, Va., and New York, she distributed Army supplies at St. Nazaire, Bordeaux, Brest, La Pallice, and Verdon, France. Returning to Newport News 14 December, Rijnland proceeded to New York where she loaded supplies for South American ports. Departing New York 14 February 1919, she called at Barbados before arriving at Rosario, Argentina, on 9 May. She returned to New York with a commercial cargo, then loaded Army coal at Philadelphia for St. Nazaire. Rijnland departed St. Nazaire 31 July 1919 for Amsterdam, was decommissioned there 6 August 1919, and was returned to her former owner the same day. Remaining in Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd service into the 1930's, Rijnland was broken up in Italy during 1933.

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