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Civilian Identification Numbered Ships Photo Archive
Neponset (ID 3581)
Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Nan - Fox - Mike
Animal Transport:Laid down 7 November 1917 as Merrimac by the Sun Shipbuilding Co., Chester, PARenamed ShawmutLaunched 4 July 1918Renamed Neponset prior to completionAcquired by the Navy 28 October 1918 at New York and commissioned USS Neponset (ID 3581) the same dayDecommissioned 4 February 1919 at Norfolk, VA, struck from the Navy Register and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)Sold to the Shawmut Steamship Co. of Philadelphia, PA and renamed ShawmutSold in 1929 to the Luckenbach Steamship Co. and renamed Susan V. LuckenbachScrapped in 1947.
Specifications::Displacement 16,008 t.Length 450'Beam 57' 7"Draft 28' 1"Speed 10.5 kts.Complement 86Armament: One 5"/51 and one 3"/50 mountPropulsion: Four single ended boilers, one 3,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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||Photographed in "dazzle" camouflage when first completed by the Sun Shipbuilding Company, Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1918
U.S. Navy photo NH 102061
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||In port, possibly on 22 October 1918, when she was inspected by the Third Naval District
Naval Historical Center photo NH 103545
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Neponset (No. 3581), launched as Shawmut by the Sun Shipbuilding Co., Chester, Pa., 4 July 1918, was transferred to the Navy at New York 28 October 1918, and commissioned the same day, Lt. Comdr. Charles H. Lawrence, USNRF. in command.
After conversion to an animal transport, Neponset, with a general cargo and horses, cleared New York for France 13 November, arriving Bordeaux the 30th.
Upon returning to the United States she was ordered out of service, decommissioned 4 February 1919 at Norfolk, and returned to USSB.
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