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Newburgh (ID 1369)

Civilian call sign:
Love - Pup - Cast - Watch

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Item - Sail - Jig


  • Built in 1918 by Newburgh Shipyards, Newburgh, NY
  • Launched 2 September 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned 31 December 1918
  • Decommissioned 19 June 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Scrapped in 1931.


  • Displacement 12,400 t.
  • Length 418'
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 25' 2"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Propulsion: Three Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one 3,000shp Westinghouse compound geared steam turbine, one shaft.
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    SS Newburgh
    Newburgh 278k 2 September 1918
    National Archives photo 165-WW 499 111 by the Rotary Club of Newburgh
    Mike Mohl
    Photo added 17 October 2020
    Newburgh 117k 30 December 1918
    Probably at the yard of her builder, Newburgh Shipyards, Newburgh, NY
    National Archives photo from Shipscribe
    Robert Hurst
    Newburgh 129k 30 December 1918
    Probably in the Hudson River near Newburgh, NY
    National Archives photo from Shipscribe
    USS Newburgh (ID 1369)
    Newburgh 67k Photographed off New York City. She painted in a U.S. Navy dazzle scheme which displays a design of sweeping curves with a section of her forward hull painted-out in a light tone
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 1348 from "Naval Camouflage 1914-1918: A Complete Visual Reference" by David Williams
    Robert Hurst
    Newburgh 117k Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 18 February 1919, while bringing food to Europe after the end of World War I
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106626

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Newburgh (No. 1369) was built at the Newburgh Shipyards, Newburgh, N.Y., for the USSB as a cargo carrier. She was launched 2 September 1918, and commissioned into Navy Overseas Transport Service 31 December, Lt. Comdr. J. D. McLeod, USNRF, in command.

    She departed New York 25 January 1919 with a cargo of food consigned to the Northern Food Administration, called briefly at Falmouth, England 15 February, and then steamed to Rotterdam to off load
    her cargo.

    After bunkering and ballasting at Plymouth, England Newburgh departed for New York 3 March. She arrived 9 May following a stopover at the Azores necessitated by propeller damage sustained at sea.

    After a second crossing to Rotterdam with an army cargo, Newburgh returned to New York, decommissioned 19 June, and was returned to the USSB in whose custody she remained until 1931.

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