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Identification Numbered Vessel Photo Archive
Polar Star (ID 3787)
Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Pup - Have - Quack
Refrigerated Freighter:Laid down in 1918 as War Venus by the Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD for the British governmentRenamed Polar Star before construction beganCompleted 31 December 1918Acquired by the Navy 4 January 1919 and commissioned USS Polar Star (ID 3787) the same day at BaltimoreDecommissioned and struck from the Navy Register 14 May 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)Scrapped in 1930 by the Union Shipbuilding Co. of Baltimore.
Specifications:Displacement 8,785 t.Length 353' 3"Beam 49'Draft 23'Speed 11.25 kts.Complement 60Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 1,800shp Westinghouse steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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||In port, possibly photographed when inspected by the Fifth Naval District on 6 January 1919. The ship on the left is USS Fort Wayne (ID 3786)
Naval Historical Center photo NH 105230
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Polar Star (ID 3787) was built in 1918 by the Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Md., requisitioned by USSB for use in Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) as a refrigerated cargo ship 23 October 1918, and commissioned at Baltimore 4 January 1919, Lt. Comdr. Thomas F. Gorman, USNRF, in command.
Polar Star quickly entered NOTS service, and was sent from New York 19 February 1919 with a cargo of supplies for the use of the USSB in Montevideo, Uruguay. After visiting La Plata and Pernambuco she returned via Barbados to the U.S. 29 April 1919.
Polar Star decommissioned 14 May 1919 at New York and was returned to the USSB.
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