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USS Bath (AK-4)
USS Bath (ID-1997) (1917 - 1920)

1913-International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Have - Yoke
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)
Cargo Ship:
  • Built in 1913 as SS Andromeda by Oderwerke Stettiner, Stettin, Germany for the Argo Steamship Co., Holland
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Seized by US Customs Service at New Orleans, LA., 6 April 1917
  • Transferred to the US Navy in May 1917
  • Renamed Bath, 9 June 1917
  • Commissioned USS Bath (ID-1997), 30 July 1917, LCDR. Earl O. Coffey, USNRF, in command
  • Redesignated (AK-4), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 9 May 1922, at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1925
  • Merchant Service
    Sold to S. R. Paterno of Manila, 2 January 1926, for $42,250, renamed SSPaz
    Resold in 1929 to CIE Denavpaquet, renamed SS Oued Fez
    Requisitioned by the French Government. 22 October 1939
    To Vichy, June 1940,
    Seized, 19 October 1942 British Forces
    Returned to owner in 1946
    Sold to F. Longobardo, Naples, renamed SS Rosalinda
    Final Disposition, ran aground on Abrolhos Rocks Brazil 29 October 1955 and sank, 31 October 1955
    Displacement 2,250 t.(lt), 6,782 t.(fl>
    Length 344'
    Beam 46' 2"
    Draft 20' 2"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 99
    three 3"/50 gun mounts
    two machine guns
    two single ended boilers
    one 1,650hp vertical triple expansion steam engine
    one propeller shaft
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    USS Bath (ID-1997)
    Bath 90k USS Bath (ID-1997) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 28 June 1918, with what appears to be a significant list to starboard. Note her pattern camouflage.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-6737 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Bath 13,580k USS Bath (ID-1997) pierside at Mare Island Navy Yard, 4 September 1919. In the foreground is YD-33 and Dry Dock Crane #1 handling the suction cutter head of the US Army Dredge Sacramento.
    File name: AK4 F-6-9 9-4-19, Navy Photo, 9/4/1919
    Darryl Baker
    USS Bath (AK-4)
    Bath 65k USS Bath (AK-4) at anchor and dressed with flags, circa 1920.
    US Navy photo # NH 68729 a US Naval Historical Center photo courtesy Charles M. Loring, 1969
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Bath (ID-1997) / (AK-4)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Coffey, Earl O., USNRF 30 July 1917 - 8 March 1918
    02LCDR. Walters, Albert B., USNRF8 March 1918 - (on NOTS service until 9 May 1922 Olongapo RP)
    05LCDR. Rhodes, John Barclay, USN (1907) (while CO of DD-149)1 January 1922 - 9 May 1922
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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