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Baxley


A town in Georgia, the seat of Appling County located some 70 miles northwest of Brunswick.

(Freighter: dp. 3,500.; l. 281'0"; b. 46'0"; dr. 23'6" (mean); s.10 k.; cpl. 56; a. 1 3")

Baxley a wooden hulled, single screw cargo vessel constructed in 1918 at Jacksonville, Fla., by Hillyer-Spearing-Dunn Co. for the Emergency Fleet Corporation--was acquired by the Navy from the United States Shipping Board (USSB) and commissioned at Jacksonville on 1 October 1918, Lt. Comdr. Frederick R. Hunt, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to coastwise service with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), Baxley embarked on her maiden voyage on 4 October and took on board a cargo of coal at Norfolk., Va. Reaching her ultimate destination, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 16 October, she discharged the coal cargo and then underwent repairs to her steering gear that detained her in that port until 29 October. Sailing thence to the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard for additional repairs, she spent most of November in drydock there, only heading for Boston on the 30th. There she was decommissioned on 2 December 1918 and returned to the USSB. Her name was struck from the Navy list that same day. Baxley remained on the rolls of the USSB until sold for scrap sometime during the fiscal year 1923.

Robert J. Cressman



28 February 2006