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Liberty

 

The quality or state of being free which was the dominant ideal and aspiration of the American patriots during the Revolutionary War.

 

II

 

(Str: t. 4,809; l. 411'6"; b. 55'; dr. 26'6"; s. 11 k.; cpl. 70.; a. 1 6", 1 3")

 

Liberty, an animal transport, was launched 19 June 1918 by Federal Shipbuilding Co., Hackensack, N.J.; acquired by the Navy 7 October 1918 and commissioned the same day, Lt. Comdr. Charles Longbottom, USNRF, in command.

 

Assigned to NOTS, Liberty departed New York 24 October 1918, arriving Brest with her cargo of horses 8 November. For the next 6 months, Liberty made two additional cruises from New York to France discharging both animal and general cargo at French ports. Loaded with 436 tons of Army cargo and 2,072 tons of steel rails, Liberty arrived Newport News, Va., 30 April 1919 from her final cruise. She decommissioned there 7 May and was returned to the USSB the same day.