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Defiance, probably photographed whilst running her trials in San Francisco Bay (Navy Historical Center photo #: NH 94489)

S.S. Defiance

Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Alameda, California
Launched 1918
7,898 tons

 

The Defiance was built in 1918 at Alameda, California, as part of the emergency ship construction program. In September 1918, on completion, she was taken over by the Navy and commissioned on September 5 as USS Defiance (ID # 3327). She carried flour and naval stores from San Francisco to New York on her maiden voyage and in late October, loaded with U.S. Army supplies, joined a convoy bound for England and France. She arrived back in the U.S.A. in mid-February 1919 and was decommissioned on March 1 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; Naval Historical Center website

Defiance, probably photographed whilst running her trials in San Francisco Bay (Navy Historical Center photo #: NH 96088)
Defiance, probably photographed whilst running her trials in San Francisco Bay (Navy Historical Center photo #: NH 96088)

Defiance, probably photographed whilst running her trials in San Francisco Bay (Navy Historical Center photo #: NH 94489)
Defiance, probably photographed whilst running her trials in San Francisco Bay (Navy Historical Center photo #: NH 94489)

 

 

For more information ...

Kinghorn "The Atlantic Transport Line 1881 - 1931" McFarland, 2011

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