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Montoso

 

A former name retained.

 

(Trans: t. 3,063; 1. 335'; b. 46'9"; dr. 20'6"; s. 10 k.; a. 1 4", 1 3")

 

Montoso, a steamer, was built by Newport News Steam & Dry Dock Co., in 1911; chartered by the Army for transport service during World War I; taken over by the Navy at Baltimore; and commissioned 11 December 1918 at Baltimore.

 

Operating with NOTS, Montoso carried ammunition and supplies during the war. She sailed for France 19 December, arriving Nantes 15 January 1919; after offloading and minor repairs, she got under way for Baltimore 25 January. En route, she received an SOS from disabled West Haven, who she located and towed to Bermuda. Arriving Baltimore 1 March, Montoso decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board to be simultaneously returned to the New York & Puerto Rico Steamship Co. on the 13th. Sold to China and renamed Chee Hsing in 1947, she continued in merchant service until 1950.