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The son of the titan lapetus and Clymene and the brother of Prometheus. Atlas, whose name means bearer or endurer, was charged by Zeus with tending the pillars that separate heaven and earth.
Atlas—a schooner built with an auxiliary engine and completed in 1911 at San Francisco, Calif., by Stone & Van Bergen— was seized by United States Customs officials at San Francisco from her German owners, the Jaluit Gesellschaft [Jaluit Company] soon after the United States declared war on the German Empire. Despite being sold by United States officials to Williams, Diamond & Co., she was transferred to the Navy on 16 May pursuant to Executive Order 2621 of that same day. The Navy retained possession of the schooner and assigned her the designation SP-2171 while her new owner negotiated for her return. Although she was never commissioned in the Navy, she was carried on the Navy list during the period of negotiation. After agreeing to recognize the American company's title to the ship, the Navy returned the ship to Williams, Diamond & Co. on 16 February 1918, and her name was simultaneously struck from the Navy list.
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