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  • Built in 1890 as Adelheid by Barclay, Curle and Co., Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland for the Hamburg Calcutta Line of Hamburg, Germany
  • Renamed Benares prior to launching
  • Completed 20 February 1890
  • Sold in 1897 to the Hamburg American Line and renamed Constantia
  • Laid up in 1914 at Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • Seized by the Cuban Government 4 July 1917 and renamed Maximo Gomez
  • Chartered to the United State Shipping Board
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1918
  • Commissioned USS Constantia 22 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 13 July 1918 and returned to to the United States Shipping Board
  • Returned to the Cuban Government in 1920
  • Scrapped in 1929.


  • Displacement 6,000 t.
  • Length 339' 6"
  • Beam 41' 9"
  • Draft 21'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Armament: One 6"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two boilers, one 302hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Constantia was built in 1890 by Barclay, Curle and Co., Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland, as Adelheid; transferred to the Navy in 1918 from the United States Shipping Board, converted at New Orleans, LA., and commissioned 22 April 1918, Lieutenant Commander P. F. Johnsen, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Constantia sailed from New Orleans 6 May 1918 for New York, arriving 15 May. Joining a convoy she sailed for Rochefort, France, where she unloaded cargo from 7 to 21 June before returning to Norfolk 10 July. She was decommissioned 13 July 1918 and returned to the Shipping Board the same day.

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