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Sagadahoc (ID 3311)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Dog - Vice


  • Built in 1918 by the Texas Shipbuilding Co., Bath, ME
  • Acquired by the Navy on completion 8 July 1918
  • Commissioned USS Sagadahoc (ID 3311) 9 July 1918
  • Decommissioned 18 August 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Sold to the Argonaut Line
  • Transferred to the American South African Line
  • Torpeoded and sunk 3 December 1941 in the South Atlantic at position 27 50' S, 07 50' W while en route from New York to Beira, Mozambique and Mombasa, South Africa
  • Sagadahoc was stopped at sea and searched by the German submarine U-124. When contraband cargo was discovered her crew was sent to the lifeboats. The ship was then torpedoed and sunk, with the
    loss of one life. The remainder of those on board were rescued several days later.


  • Displacement 13,600 t.
  • Length 435'
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 26' 6"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Three single-ended boilers, one 3,000ihp verticle triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Sagadahoc
    Sagadahoc 95k Being launched by the Texas Shipbuilding Co., Bath, Maine, on 27 April 1918
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105284
    Robert Hurst
    Sagadahoc 94k Original photo: Photographed essentially complete at her builder's yard at Bath, Maine
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65057
    Replacement photo: c. July 1918
    National Archives photo from Shipscribe
    Sagadahoc 86k Probably photographed around the time of her completion and transfer to the Navy in July 1918
    National Archives photo from
    SS Sagadahoc
    Sagadahoc 85k In commercial service after World War I
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Austin R. Cushing, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Sagadahoc (No. 3311), a cargo ship built for the USSB in 1918 by the Texas Shipbuilding Co., Bath, Maine, was taken over by the Navy on completion and was commissioned in the Naval Overseas Transportation Service on 9 July 1918.

    Operated on the War Department account, Sagadahoc carried munitions, supplies, and vehicles for the American Expeditionary Force during the last months of World War I. After the Armistice, she continued to carry Army cargo between New York and France and completed her last run, at New York, on 31 July 1919. She was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board on 18 August 1919.

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