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Jeanette Skinner (ID 1321)


  • Built in 1917 as Knud Knutsen by Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA for Knud Knutsen of Bergen, Norway
  • Renamed Jeanette Skinner before launching
  • Completed in August 1917 and acquired by the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Delivered 16 September 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 12 April 1918 and commissioned USS Jeanette Skinner (ID 1321) the same day
  • Decommissioned 10 June 1919 at Baltimore, MD, struck from the Navy Register and returned to the USSB for return to her owners
  • Sold in 1920 to Victor S. Fox and Co., Inc. and Associates of New York for the Consolidated Maritime Lines, Inc. of New York
  • Sold in 1937 to Wheelock, a British firm based in Shanghai, China
  • Acquired by the British Ministry of War Transport in August 1944
  • Transferred to the U.S. War Shipping Administration in December 1944
  • Scrapped at Baltimore in August 1945.


  • Displacement 12,200 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 24' 1½"
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 42
  • Armament: One 6"/50 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500shp General Electric steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    SS Jeanette Skinner
    Jeanette Skinner 82k Just after launch at the Skinner and Eddy Corporation shipyard, Seattle, Washington, 30 June 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65061-A
    Robert Hurst
    USS Jeanette Skinner (ID 1321)
    Jeanette Skinner 76k Photograph dated July 1918. The original image was printed on postal card stock. The following is hand written on the card's reverse side: "Loading supplies at Hampton Roads en route to France from Baltimore."
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104118
    Robert Hurst
    Jeanette Skinner 65k In drydock for repair of damage to her bow, following her 27 November 1918 collision with the Japanese steamship Ceylon Maru in the Gironde River, France
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105474

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Jeanette Skinner, a cargo ship, was launched in 1917 by Skinner & Eddy Corp., Seattle, Wash.; taken over by the Navy from the USSB; and commissioned 12 April 1918. Lt. Comdr. C. A. [Clifford Austin] Nickerson, USNRF, in command.

    Jeanette Skinner was assigned to NOTS to transport cargo from the United States to France. After loading general supplies, she departed New York 3 May and arrived Brest, France 2 weeks later. After four round-trip cruises to replenish supplies in war-depleted Europe, Jeannette Skinner arrived Baltimore 2 June 1919. She decommissioned 10 June and was returned to the USSB for return to her owners.

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