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Paysandu (ID 3880)

Call sign (Early 1919):
George - Jig - Dog - King

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Item - Tare - Nan


  • Laid down in 1898 as Bahia by Reiherstieg Schiffswerke & Maschinenfabrik, Hamburg, Germany
  • Seized by the government of Uruguay and renamed Paysandu
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 January 1919 and commissioned USS Paysandu (ID 3880)
  • Decommissioned 29 July 1919, struck from the Navy Register and transferred to the United States Shipping Board for return to the Uruguayan government
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 9,004 t.
  • Length 375' 8"
  • Beam 46' 7"
  • Draft 24'
  • Speed 11 kts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Paysandu 67k In port, possibly in the New York city area where she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 30 January 1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103477
    Naval Historical Center
    Paysandu 113k In port during 1919, while serving as a troop transport
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103286
    Paysandu 71k View looking aft from the ship's forecastle, 1919)
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 104123
    Robert Hurst
    Paysandu 72k At anchor, 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105162
    Paysandu 85k Photographed in 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105163

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Chambers, USNRF29 January 1919 - 29 July 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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