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USAT Somme

  • Laid down, date unknown, by American International Shipbuilding Co. at Hog Island, PA.
  • Launched, 17 March 1920
  • Named in honor of the U.S. Army’s participation in the Battle of the Somme in World War I
  • Delivered to the U.S. Shipping Board (USSB), 24 November 1920
  • Transferred to the War Department, 24 December 1920
  • Assigned to the U.S. Army Transport Service
  • Additionally assigned to the A.T.S. Atlantic Fleet with home port at Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • USAT Somme generally serviced the New York—Antwerp and the New York—San Juan—Panama routes 1920-22
  • Performed her first voyage for the Army Transport Service, 24 December 1920
  • On 17 March 1921, the Somme repatriated 1,609 bodies of U.S. servicemen who died in France in World War I and landed them at Hoboken, N.J.
  • Decommissioned and laid, 12 August 1921, at Pier No. 1, Army Supply Base, Norfolk, VA.
  • Recommissioned, 23 December 1921
  • Transferred to the A.T.S. Pacific Fleet about August 1922
  • Assigned to service the San Francisco—Honolulu and the San Francisco—New York routes 1922-31
  • Made occasional voyages to Manila, Nagasaki, and Yokohama
  • Laid up, 7 October 1922, at San Francisco
  • Recommissioned, 7 September 1923
  • Transported earthquake relief supplies to Yokohama after the disastrous earthquake that hit Japan in September 1923
  • Laid up in February 1925 at San Francisco
  • Recommissioned in August 1925
  • Provided occasional support to the U.S. Marine expedition and the U.S. Army topographic survey mission to Nicaragua 1928-32
  • Turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board, 27 October 1931, at New York harbor and sold to the United States Line, renamed SSAmerican Importer
  • Shortly thereafter renamed SS American Traveler
  • Sold to the Société Maritime Anversoise, a Belgian shipping firm, reflagged Belgian, renamed SS Ville de Gand
  • Final disposition, sunk, 13 August 1941, by U-48 off the northwest coast of Ireland Length: 448 ft. Beam: 58 ft. Draft: 28 ft. Displacement: 9,050 tons
    Displacement 9,050 t.
    Length 448'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 28'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Passenger capacity unknown
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    Propulsion steam turbine
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    Somme 89k
    The Battle of the Somme was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire the United States and French Third Republic against the German Empire. It took place on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front. More than three million men fought in the battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
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    Somme 150k USAT Somme underway, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 67880
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Somme 69k USAT Somme at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 4
    US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol. 4.
    Somme 116k USAT Somme entering the Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, circa the 1920s or 1930s. Photographed by J. Fisher. The original image is printed on postcard (AZO) stock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105098. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    The history for USAT Somme is from US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 Vol 4
    Army Transportation Service Ship's Masters
    011st Off. Quinn, Thomas F., A.T.S.25 November 1920 - 30 November 1920
    021st Off. DeVere, Louis, A.T.S. 30 November 1920 -14 December 1920
    03CAPT. Rague, W. J., A.T.S.14 December 1920 -9 January 1921
    04CAPT. Scott, James W., A.T.S.9 January 1921 - 15 August 1921
    05CAPT. Bartlett, William S., A.T.S.15 August 1921 - 25 January 1922
    06CAPT. Poole, Harry K., A.T.S.23 March 1922 - 7 October 1922
    07CAPT. McLellen, Edgar S., A.T.S.7 October 1922 - 7 September 1923
    08CAPT. Olsen, Carl A., A.T.S.7 September 1923 - October 1923
    09CAPT. McLellan, Edgar S., A.T.S.July 1924 - 20 December 1924
    101st Off. Brevick, John, A.T.S.20 December 1924 - 4 April 1926
    11CAPT. Hall, Frank, A.T.S.4 April 1926 - February 1927
    12CAPT. Scott, James W., A.T.S.February 1927 - October 1927
    131st Off. Pumphrey, Daniel, A.T.S.February 1928 - Aug 1928
    14CAPT. Olsen, Carl A., A.T.S.August 1928 - 30 August 1931
    15CAPT. Oliver, Woodbridge T., A.T.S.30 August 1931 - 27 October 1931

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