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|55k||Probably photographed while fitting out at the Union Iron Works Shipyard, San Franscisco, California, with two derrick barges (one named Alameda) alongside. Pattern camouflage is being applied to her hull, forward.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 99544
|74k||Probably photographed just after completion, already painted in World War I type 5 design B "dazzle" camouflage.
U.S. Navy photo NH 102006
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|USS Liberator (ID 3134)|
|108k||At St. Nazaire, France, while employed as a troop transport in 1919. Handwritten (in ink) on the reverse of the original print is "Bert Oliver, Sarcoxie, MO."
Photographed by Cuppy
Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 104805
Photo from an advertisement of the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Steamship Corp.
One who frees or sets at liberty (a country) from domination by a foreign power.
The first Liberator, an animal transport, was launched 24 March 1918 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco; acquired by the Navy 2 July 1918 and commissioned the same day, Lt Comdr. Richard Parley, NSNRF, in command.
Assigned to NOTS, Liberator departed Mare Island 5 July; transited the Panama Canal and arrived New York 7 August. After loading cargo at New York she joined a convoy on the 13th and sailed for Europe. Arriving Brest, France, 15 days later, Liberator unloaded her cargo at French ports and prepared for another round-trip cruise from New York to France.
After the Armistice 11 November, Liberator returned to the United States for conversion to a troop transport. Alterations completed, she made a total of five cruises to European ports to embark American veterans of World War I for return to the United States. Liberator completed her final crossing 4 September 1919, decommissioned at Hoboken, N.J. 4 October and was returned to USSB. In 1933 she was sold to Lykes Bros.-Ripley SS Co., and operated out of Galveston, Tex., until the mid-1940ís.
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