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Alloway

 

A Delaware Indian chief who lived around the year 1675 in territory which now constitutes Salem County, N.J. The word Alloway is a Delaware term meaning "beautiful tail" and refers to the black fox. A creek in New Jersey and villages in Salem County, N.J., and Wayne County, N.J., bear the name Alloway. The World War I NOTS cargo ships was probably named for one or both of the villages; the World War II tug honors the chief.

 

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(ScStr: dp. 12,600; 1. 416'6"; b. 53'0"; dr. 27'6" (aft); s. 10 1/2 k.; cpl. 70; a. 1 4", 1 3")

 

Shintaka—a screw steamer built in 1918 at Oakland, Calif., by Moore & Scott—was acquired by the Navy on 11 July 1918; renamed Alloway (Id. No. 3139); and commissioned at San Francisco, Calif., on 12 July 1918, Lt. Comdr. F. C. Dellegar, USNRF, in command.

 

Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), Alloway departed San Francisco soon after commissioning and set a course for the west coast of South America. She arrived at Arica, Chile, on 17 August and began loading a cargo of nitrates. The cargoman departed Arica near the end of the month and arrived at Norfolk, Va., on 20 September. She discharged the nitrates at Norfolk and then moved on to New York for repairs.

 

On 10 November, the day before the armistice ended World War I, Alloway stood out of New York for her only voyage to Europe. A little over a month later, on 11 December, the ship entered port at Quiberon, France. After unloading over 5,000 tons of Army cargo at Quiberon, Alloway moved to Brest, France, where she took on cargo for the return voyage. She entered New York harbor on 13 February 1919 and, after discharging her cargo, entered Schewan's drydock for overhaul. She was placed out of commission on 3 March 1919 and was returned to the United States Shipping Board for disposition. Presumably, her name was struck from the Navy list that same day.