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Fort Wayne (ID 3786)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Lima - Pup - Charlie - Sail


  • Built in 1918 by the Baltimore Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy, 27 December 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold by the Shipping Board to a commercial firm in 1929
  • Scrapped in Japan in 1934.


  • Displacement 12,260 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 24' 2"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Propulsion: One 2,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Fort Wayne 86k Possibly photographed at her builder's yard at Baltimore, Maryland, around the time of her completion in December 1918
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 101715
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Fort Wayne (No. 3786), a cargo ship, was built in 1918 by Baltimore Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Md.; acquired by the Navy 27 December 1918; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander S. C. Fenn, USNRF, in command.

    Between 26 January 1919 and 20 April, Fort Wayne voyaged from the United States to Genoa, Italy, with a full load of cargo for the Italian government. She returned to Norfolk for decommissioning 23 April 1919 and coincident return to the Shipping Board.

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