Displacement 12,105 t.
Beam 51' 8"
Draft 27' 1"
Speed 10 kts.
Propulsion: One 3,000ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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|78k||In port, possibly on 29 August 1918, when she was inspected by the Twelfth Naval District. She is wearing
U.S. Navy photo NH 1-3542
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Assigned to the essential Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Easterner plodded between Norfolk and French ports twice, 1 December 1918 to 8 May 1919 carrying general cargo for the Army, including freight cars and engineering supplies. The second routine but vital cargo haul was enlivened by one incident, when 2 days out of Bordeaux, two stowaways, a hapless man and child, were detected and had to be turned over to immigration authorities upon arrival at Norfolk. Easterner was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board, 14 May 1919.
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