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Panaman (ID 3299)

Navy call sign:
George - Fox - Jig - Tare

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Dog - George - Fox


  • Built in 1913 by the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 August 1918 at New York
  • Commissioned 12 August 1918
  • Decommissioned 18 September 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Sold to Italy in July 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 14,500 t.
  • Length 429' 2"
  • Beam 53' 8"
  • Draft 29' 6"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 5"/40 mount and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended and one auxiliary boiler, one 4,000ihp verticle quadruple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Panaman
    Panaman 77k Off Baltimore, Maryland, probably when first completed in 1913
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65125
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Panaman (ID 3299)
    Panaman 104k At anchor, circa 1918, while wearing pattern camouflage
    Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
    U.S. Navy photo 19-N-1114
    Naval Historical Center
    Panaman 102k Halftone reproduction of a photograph showing the ship in port in 1919, while she was serving as a troop transport. Location is probably Hoboken, New Jersey. Ship in the background, partially visible on the opposite side of the pier, is USS Agamemnon (ID 3004).
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103942
    Robert Hurst
    Panaman 113k Alongside the American Bassens wharf, Bordeaux, France, while embarking homeward-bound troops, 10 April 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106233

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Nicholas J. Kane, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Panaman (No. 3299), a cargo ship built in 1913 by Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, Md. for the American Hawaiian Steamship Co., was taken over at New York and commissioned into NOTS 12 August 1918.

    After refitting she took on a cargo of general supplies and beef, and a deck load of trucks, and departed New York in convoy 21 September for St. Nazaire, France, arriving 27 September. She returned to New York 7 October, where she was equipped with 821 stalls for horses. After taking on general cargo and horses, she steamed in convoy 19 October for Bordeaux, France, arriving 6 November.

    An eleven day return crossing saw her stand into Newport News, Va. for repairs 27 November. She departed 8 December for New York where, upon arrival, a Board of Survey inspection found her suitable for conversion to a troop transport.

    Detached from NOTS service 10 December 1918, she was assigned to the Cruiser Transport Force, in which status she returned 10,798 men of the American Expeditionary Forces to the United States. Panaman decommissioned 18 September 1919 and was simultaneously returned to her owner.

    (Transcriber's Note: SS Panaman took part in the Normandy invasion in June 1944).

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