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|Photographed circa 1917
U.S. Navy photo NH 101976
|Naval Historical Center
|Near Oban, Scotland, on one of her two visits to that area, ca. 1 August 1918 or 30 October 1918. The crates on deck contain aircraft. Note that their camouflage paint is integrated with that of the ship
Naval History and Heritage Command photo 2014.97.01 from the Mary Ellen Kinnebrew-Skinner collection at Shipscribe.com
|LCDR Geert Scheltens, USNRF
A very large ray, sometimes called a devilfish.
[The first] Manta (No. 2036), originally built for the Clyde Steamship Co., was launched in 1916 by the Chicago Ship Building Co., South Chicago, Ill.; and acquired and commissioned by the Navy 8 December 1917.
Manta, a NOTS cargo ship, plied the waters of the eastern Atlantic and the Caribbean until mid-July 1918. She then conducted two round-trip voyages to Europe as a mine carrier. On 30 October 1918 during the second return voyage, she was damaged in a storm and was towed to Norfolk. After extensive repairs she was decommissioned 13 March 1919 and returned to her owner.
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