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  • Laid down in 1913 by William Gray and Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool, England
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918
  • Commissioned 28 March 1918
  • Decommissioned 25 June 1919 at Amsterdam, Holland and returned to her owners, Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland (Netherlands Steamship Company)
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 6,232 t.
  • Length 418'
  • Beam 53' 6"
  • Draft 27' 9"
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 4"/40 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Four single ended boilers, one 3,800hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Batjan 97k Photographed circa 1917, possibly while interned at Hampton Roads, Virginia
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65101
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    Batjan is an island in Indonesia.

    Batjan, a cargo vessel, was built in 1913 by William Gray and Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool, England, acquired from her Dutch owners 21 March 1918, and commissioned as a Naval Overseas Transportation Service vessel 28 March 1918, Lieutenant Commander D. [Daniel] E. Rodick, USNRF, in command.

    Between April 1918 and June 1919 Batjan transported munitions and supplies to South America and Europe. She was decommissioned at Amsterdam, Holland, and returned to her owners 25 June 1919.

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