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|Possibly photographed at the time of her launching, circa 1914
U.S. Navy photo NH 102111
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|Photographed in a Florida port, prior to World War I
U.S. Navy photo NH 42996
|ENS Thomas L. Pinder, USNRF
In merchant service Panama had laid cable for Western Union in and around Key West. During her Naval career, she operated out of the 7th Naval District, headquartered at Key West. Patrolling in and around this port, she occasionally operated in Caribbean waters. While returning from the Canal Zone, she sighted two possible U-boats on her port bow 24 August 1918. She pursued them until dark, despite heavy weather which prevented a surface attack.
After the war Panama was transferred to the Department of Agriculture 4 November 1920.
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