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Alloway (ID 3139)

  • Built in 1918 as Shintaka by Moore and Scott, Oakland, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 July 1918 and commissioned USS Alloway (ID 3139) the same day at San Francisco, CA
  • Decommissioned 3 March 1919, returned to to the United States Shipping Board, and struck from the Naval Register
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 12,600 t.
  • Length 416' 6"
  • Beam 53'
  • Draft 27' 6" (aft)
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 4"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Four Heine boilers, one 2,800shp Curtis steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Alloway 66k Underway, probably during her builder's trials on 5 July 1918
    U.S. Navy photos NH 65413 and NH 65412
    Naval Historical Center
    Alloway 45k
    Alloway 90k Underway during builder's trials on 5 July 1918, probably in San Francisco Bay, California. She is flying the flag of her builder, the Moore Shipbuilding Company of Oakland, California, from a short mast on her forecastle. The United States Shipping Board flag is flying from her forward mast, and a flag bearing her name is at the top of her after mast
    U.S. Navy photo NH 95858

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Frederick Clarence Dellegar, USNRF12 July 1918 - November 1918
    02LTJG Carl O. Aargaard, USNRFNovember 1918 - 3 March 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:


    A Delaware Indian chief who lived around the year 1675 in territory which now constitutes Salem County, N.J. The word Alloway is a Delaware term meaning "beautiful tail" and refers to the black fox. A creek in New Jersev and villages in Salem County, N.J., and Wayne County, N.J., bear the name Alloway. The World War I NOTS cargo ship was probably named for one or both of the villages; the World War II tug honors the chief.

    Shintaka-a screw steamer built in 1918 at Oakland, Calif., by Moore & Scott-was acquired by the Navy on 11 July 1918 renamed Alloway (Id. No. 3139); and commissioned at San Francisco, Calif., on 12 July 1918, Lt. Comdr. F. C. Dellegar, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), Alloway departed San Francisco soon after commissioning and set a course for the west coast of South America. She arrived at Arica, Chile, on 17 August and began loading a cargo of nitrates. The cargoman departed Arica near the end of the month and arrived at Norfolk, Va., on 20 September. She discharged the nitrates at Norfolk and then moved on to New York for repairs.

    On 10 November, the day before the armistice ended World War I, Alloway stood out of New York for her only voyage to Europe. A little over a month later, on 11 December, the ship entered port at Quiberon, France. After unloading over 5,000 tons of Army cargo at Quiberon, Alloway moved to Brest, France, where she took on cargo for the return voyage. She entered New York harbor on 13 Februarv 1919 and, after discharging her cargo, entered Schewan's drydock for overhaul. She was placed out of commission on 3 March 1919 and was returned to the United States Shipping Board for disposition. Presumably, her name was struck from the Navy list that same day.

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