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Munwood (ID 4460)

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

Munwood served both the U. S. Army and Navy


  • Built in 1914 by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd., Inverclyde, Greenock, Scotland for the Clark and Service, Ardan Steamship Co., Ltd., of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Acquired in 1917 by the Munson Steamship Line of New York
  • Acquired by the Army in September 1917
  • Transferred to the Navy 16 October 1918
  • Commissioned USS Munwood (ID 4460), 26 October 1918 at Baltimore, MD
  • Decommissioned 3 March 1919 at Baltimore and returned to her owners
  • Acquired in 1928 by Brodarsko Akcionarsko Drustvo Oceania (Shipping Joint Stock Company Oceania) of Susak, Yugoslavia and renamed Vila
  • Sank 20 February 1935 after a collision with Italian MV Rodi off mouth of the Piave river on passage Trieste for Venice and Las Palmas with a cargo of phosphates and wheat.


  • Displacement 8,516 t.
  • Length 345'
  • Beam 48'
  • Draft 24' 2"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 42
  • Armament: One 5"/40 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: One 2,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Munwood 77k Photograph of an artwork, depicting the ship underway at sea, circa 1918-1919
    Donation of Dennis Swartz, 2005
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103227
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Munwood, a cargo ship, was built in 1914 by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engine Co., Greenock, Scotland; acquired by the Navy from Munson Steamship Lines 16 October 1918; and commissioned at Baltimore 26 October 1918, Lt. Comdr. W. D. L. Gilboy, USNRF, in command.

    Munwood, with an Army cargo, cleared Baltimore for France 29 November 1918. En route she responded to an S O S from the Portuguese steamer Queda, took her in tow to Bermuda, and proceeded on to Quiberon, arriving 10 January 1919. She proceeded to Nantes, where she discharged cargo 20 January. After a delay caused by a collision with the British steamer Baylula, Munwood cleared for Bermuda with mixed cargo, arriving 18 February. She decommissioned at Baltimore 3 March 1919 and was returned to her owner the same day.

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