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Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Boy - Tare - Cast


  • Built in 1911 by the Newport News Ship Building Co., Newport News, VA
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 December 1918 at Baltimore, MD and commissioned USS Montoso the same day
  • Decommissioned 1 March 1919 at Baltimore and returned to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owners
  • Struck from the Navy Register 13 March 1919
  • Sold to China in 1947 and renamed Chee Hsing
  • Renamed Starside in 1950
  • Scrapped in 1951.


  • Displacement 7,050 t.
  • Length 347' 7"
  • Beam 46' 9"
  • Draft 20' 6"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 34
  • Armament: Two 4"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 1,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Montoso 95k Probably photographed soon after completion in 1911 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65135
    Robert Hurst

    View the Montoso
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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