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Acquired Freighter:
  • Built by William Gray and Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool, England (YN 819)
  • Launched, 23 December 1912
  • Completed for NV Stoomvaart Maatschappij "Nederland," Amsterdam, as freighter Batjan, 15 March 1913
  • Acquired by the Navy, 21 March 1918
  • Commissioned, 28 March 1918
  • Decommissioned and returned to her owners at Amsterdam, Holland, 25 June 1919
  • Sold to NV Java-China-Japan Lijn and renamed Tijkampek, 1927
  • Final disposition, arrived for breaking up, Osaka, Japan, 14 January 1932


  • Displacement 6,232 gross tons
  • Length 400' waterline, 418' overall
  • Beam 53' 6"
  • Draft 27' 9"
  • Speed 11.5 knots
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 4"/40 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion:
    Four single ended boilers
    one 3,800hp vertical triple expansion steam engine (28" 46" 77" x 48"), one shaft

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    509k Photographed circa 1917, possibly while interned at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 65101
    Dave Wright
    453k RPPC of USS Batjan coming into port at Rotterdam, 04 June 1919. John Milewski

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    Batjan is an island in Indonesia.

    Batjan, a cargo vessel, was built in 1913 by William Gray and Co., Ltd., West Hartlepool, England, acquired from her Dutch owners 21 March 1918, and commissioned as a Naval Overseas Transportation Service vessel 28 March 1918, Lieutenant Commander D. [Daniel] E. Rodick, USNRF, in command.

    Between April 1918 and June 1919 Batjan transported munitions and supplies to South America and Europe. She was decommissioned at Amsterdam, Holland, and returned to her owners 25 June 1919.

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