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Malang (ID 2623)


  • Built in 1898 by Wigham Richardson and Co., Newcastle, England
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Malang (ID 2623), 2 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 7 May 1919 at Rotterdam, The Netherlands and returned to her owner
  • Sold to Italy in 1923 and renamed Atlantide
  • Wrecked in March 1934 in the River Tagus, Portugal
  • Scrapped in Italy in July 1934.


  • Displacement 7,726 t.
  • Length 332' 6"
  • Beam 44'
  • Draft 23' 11"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 77
  • Armament: Two 4"/40 mounts
  • Propulsion: Two single-ended and one auxiliary boiler, one 1,500hp vertical triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Malang
    Malang 51k Photo from Robert Hurst
    Malang 41k Photo taken by Percy Sperr who was known as "The Official Photographer For The City Of New York" Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 22 June 2019
    USS Malang (ID 2623)
    Malang 120k Photograph may have been taken when the ship was inspected on her commissioning date. The crew appears to be repainting the hull and painting out Dutch neutrality markings
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105270
    Robert Hurst
    Malang 131k Unloading stores at Lorient, France, on 30 May 1918
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 46601

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Harold G. Foss, USNRF2 April 1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Malang, a steel cargo ship, was built in 1898 by Wigham Richardson & Co., Newcastle, England, and during the next two decades she was in merchant service in Atlantic and European waters. Under provisions of a Presidential proclamation, she was seized by the United States at New York 20 March 1918; turned over to the Navy 21 March; and commissioned 2 April 1918 for duty with NOTS.

    After loading Army supplies, she steamed in convoy via Halifax, Nova Scotia, and reached Brest, France, 13 May. She operated along the French coast until 10 June when she sailed for the United States. She arrived New York the 26th and prepared for additional cargo runs to European waters. Malang made a second voyage to St. Nazaire, Verdon, and Bordeaux between 9 August and 25 September. From 11 October to 8 November she carried minelaying supplies to Barry Roads, Wales.

    Following the signing of the Armistice, Malang operated out of Barry Roads during the rest of the year and carried shipments of potatoes from Belfast, Northern Ireland to French ports. Early in January 1919 she loaded a cargo of mines and ammunition at Brest. sailing 10 January, she arrived Tompkinsville, N.Y., the 31st. She underwent voyage repairs and on 5 March sailed for Copenhagen, Denmark, with 300 tons of grain in her holds. She arrived 26 March, thence steamed via Hango, Finland, to Rotterdam, Netherlands, where she arrived 21 April. Malang remained at Rotterdam, decommissioned there 7 May 1919, and was returned to her owner, Rotterdamsche Lloyd.

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