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|At Pauillac, France, during the First World War. Note camouflage pattern painted on her smokestack, and possibly on her after deckhouses. The hulk of the old French coast defense ship Furieux (launched 1883) is in the center background. The original print, received from Naval Air Station, Pauillac, following World War I, had the following caption: "U.S.S. Bella carried half of the construction supplies sent from here to other stations"
U.S. Navy photo NH 56666
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|In an icy port, possibly when the Third Naval District inspected her on 15 January 1918. She appears to be wearing pattern camouflage.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99155
Bella is the diminutive of Arabella or Isabella.
Bella carried aviation supplies and equipment between European ports until transferred to the Army Transport Service at Bordeaux, France 27 February 1919. The Navy, however, continued to man and operate her until she returned to Philadelphia 29 November 1919. Decommissioned there 20 February 1920, Bella was sold 2 August 1920.
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