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Hoxbar (ID 4341)

Civilian call sign:
Love - Rush - King - Mike

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


  • Laid down in May 1918 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co., Sparrows Point, MD
  • Launched in February 1919
  • Acquired by the Navy 13 June 1919 at Sparrows Point and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 28 August 1919 at Newport News, VA, returned to the United States Shipping Board and struck from the Navy Register
  • Sold in 1925
  • Renamed Vera Cruz in 1941 and Veracruz in 1947
  • Scrapped in 1964.


  • Displacement 14,530 t.
  • Length 453'
  • Beam 56'
  • Depth of hold 33' 6"
  • Draft 26'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 71
  • Propulsion: Two 1,300ihp steam engines, two shafts.
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    Hoxbar 141k Ready for launching at the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company shipyard, Sparrows Point, Maryland, on 15 February 1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 53595
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Hoxbar, a tanker, was built by the Bethlehem Ship Building Co., of Sparrows Point, Md., in 1918. She commissioned there 13 June 1919, Lt. Comdr. Morris Huntley commanding.

    With a full load of fuel oil, Hoxbar sailed from New York on 21 June, arriving at Ponta Delgada, Azores, on 1 July. After refueling various U.S. destroyers based there, she continued on to Brest to service other American ships She left Europe on 15 July and sailed to Port Arthur, Tex., via New York, arriving 3 August.

    At Port Arthur Hoxbar took on another load of fuel oil and on 9 August sailed for Scotland. At sea her orders were changed and she reset her course for Hampton Roads, arriving 16 August. After discharging her cargo Hoxbar decommissioned at Newport News on 28 August 1919 and was redelivered to USSB. In 1925 she was sold to Malston Co., Inc., Wilmington, Del.

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