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Drechterland (ID 2793)


  • Built in 1903 by Sir J. Laing and Sons, Ltd., Deptford Yards, Sunderland, England
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 March 1918
  • Commissioned 29 March 1918
  • Decommissioned 12 July 1919 at Amsterdam, Holland and returned to her owners the same day
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 6,300 t.
  • Length 366'
  • Beam 46' 9"
  • Draft 25'
  • Speed 7 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 5"/50 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Drechterland 50k Photo from Robert Hurst
    Drechterland 66k
    Drechterland 89k In port, wearing Dutch neutrality markings, circa 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94486
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Drechterland (No. 2793), a cargo ship, was built in 1903 by Sir J. Laing & Sons, Ltd., Deptford Yards, Sunderland, England, for the Dutch firm of Konink I. Hollandsche Lloyd. She was interned at Galveston, Tex. by Presidential order after the United States entered World War I, transferred to the Navy from the Shipping Board 20 March 1918 outfitted at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.; and commissioned 29 March 1918, Lieutenant Commander R. [Raymond] C. Vose, USNRF, in command.

    Serving with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Drechterland made five voyages carrying Army supplies from east coast ports to Europe between 23 May 1918 and her arrival at Rotterdam, Holland, 6 July 1919. There she was demobilized and her Navy crew removed. She was decommissioned at Amsterdam 12 July 1919 and returned to her owners the same day.

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