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|241k||18 May 1918
National Archives photo CN-8901
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|147k||Underway in San Francisco Bay, California, at the time of her completion, circa mid-1918
U.S. Navy photos NH 780 and NH 102365
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|98k||Underway in San Francisco Bay, California, at the time of her completion, circa mid-1918.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105616
Pressed into service as a collier, Volunteer set sail from San Francisco on 7 September, bound for the Far East. During that voyage, she made port calls at Shanghai and Hong Kong before arriving at Manila on 24 October. From there, she moved south to Iloilo on the island of Panay, located in the central Philippines. She reached that port on 6 November and, after a false start and a return for additional fuel, finally set course back to the United States on 8 December. Volunteer reached Oahu on New Year's Day 1919 and remained in Hawaii until the 9th when she got underway for the east coast. The collier arrived in New York City on 15 February 1919. Twelve days later, she was placed out of commission and was returned to the United States Shipping Board. Her name was struck from the Navy list on that same day, 27 February 1919. Volunteer remained in the possession of the United States Shipping Board until 1937 at which time she was sold to the Lykes Brothers-Ripley Steamship Co. of New Orleans, La. That company operated her under the name SS Volunteer until 1948 when her name disappeared from the mercantile lists.
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