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Newton (ID 4359)


  • The first Newton was built in 1901 by the Fore River Ship Building Co., Quincy, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 3 August 1918
  • Commissioned USS Newton, 6 August 1918
  • Decommissioned 24 February 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owner, but still maintained in Navy records for possible reacquisition
  • In about 1920 Newton was given the registry ID-4359. She had a long subsequent career in the merchant service, carrying coal and other bulk cargo
  • The War Shipping Administration operated her between May 1942 and July 1946
  • Newton was placed in the U.S. Maritime Commission's Reserve Fleet at Lee Hall, Virginia, in September 1946
  • Sold for scrapping in July 1947.


  • Displacement 11,200 t.
  • Length 406'
  • Beam 54' 6"
  • Draft 23'
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 5"/51 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,700hp verticle triple expansion steam engine one shaft.
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    Newton 106k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65137-A
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Richard J. White, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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