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Ozaukee (ID 3439)


  • Built in 1918 by the Long Beach Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach, CA
  • Launched 5 June 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 30 September 1918 at San Pedro, CA and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 3 April 1919 at Philadelphia, PA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Scrapped in 1929.


  • Displacement 8,480 t.
  • Length 354'
  • Beam 48'
  • Draft 22' 4"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Propulsion: Three oil-fired Heine boilers, one 2,500shp General Electric steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Ozaukee 148k Completing fitting out on 23 September 1918 by the Long Beach Shipbuilding Company, Long beach, California
    National Archives photo from
    Robert Hurst
    Ozaukee 49k Probably photographed around the time of her completion in September 1918
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65113

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Ozaukee (No. 3439), built in 1918 at the Long Beach Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach, California, was acquired by the Navy on a bare boat basis from the U.S. Shipping Board and commissioned at San Pedro 30 September 1918, Lt. Comdr. T. [Thomas] F. Shipsey, USNRF, in command.

    Fitted out for the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, the cargo ship Ozaukee sailed from the west coast, 9 October bound for Chile. At Arica she took on nitrates and steamed via the Panama Canal, to Jacksonville, Florida, arriving 7 December. At the end of January 1919 she departed Philadelphia and crossed the Atlantic to deliver oil and tobacco to the United Kingdom. On 15 March she returned to Philadelphia, where she was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board 3 April 1919.

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