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Identification Numbered Vessel Photo Archive
Sylvan Arrow (ID 2150)
Tanker:Built in 1918 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJLaunched 6 October 1917Acquired by the Navy 15 July 1918Commissioned USS Sylvan Arrow (ID 2150), 19 July 1918Struck from the Navy Register 20 January 1919Decommissioned 21 January 1919 and returned to her ownerSold in 1931 to the Standard-Vacuum Transportation Co., Inc. of New YorkSold in 1935 to the Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc. of New YorkSold in 1941 to the Brilliant Transportation Co., S.A. of PanamaTorpedoed 20 May 1942 by the German submarine U-155 southwest of Grenada at 11° 25' N., 62° 18' W.Sank 28 May 1942 at position 12° 50' N., 67° 32' W.
Specifications:Displacement 18,610 t.Length 485' 3"Beam 62' 8"Draft 27' 7"Speed 11 kts.Complement 89Armament: One 5"/50 and one 3"/50 mountPropulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 3,500hp vertical quadruple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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||Launching, at the New York Shipbuilding Co. shipyard, Camden, New Jersey
U.S. Navy photo NH 102247
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||Photographed circa early 1918
Naval Historical Center photo NH 105243
||Possibly photographed when the ship was inspected by the Third Naval District in January 1918
Naval Historical Center photo NH 105640
||23 January 1920
Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR, (Retired), 2008
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105923
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Sylvan Arrow (ID. No. 2150) was built in 1918 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N. J. The ship was owned and operated as tanker by the Standard Oil Co. She arrived at New York on 15 July 1918, was taken over and refitted for naval use, was commissioned on 19 July; and assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service.
Sylvan Arrow loaded a cargo of fuel oil and seaplanes at New York and sailed for England on the 28th. She arrived at Devonport on 14 August and began her return voyage on the 17th. She delivered cargo to Brest, France, on 22 September and unloaded another at Sheerness, England, on 11 November.
When the tanker returned to New York on 29 November, she was ordered demobilized. Sylvan Arrow was placed out of commission on 21 January 1919 and returned to her owner.
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