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Marne

 

A former name retained.

 

(ScStr: dp. 13,130 (n.); l. 411'; b. 55'; dr. 27'; s. 10.5 k.; cpl. 72; a. none)

 

Marne, a turbine‑powered cargo ship built by Federal Shipbuilding Co., Kearney, N.J., in 1918, was acquired by the Navy from the U.S. Shipping Board 3 February 1919; and commissioned at Brooklyn. N.Y., the same day, Lt. Comdr. Howard F. Fitzsimmons, USNRF, in command.

 

Assigned to NOTS duty, Marne was scheduled to carry supplies to Europe under USSB account. However, as she prepared to load a full cargo of military goods, shipping orders were canceled, and she was ordered demobilized. Marne decommissioned at New York 6 February 1919 and was transferred to USSB. She remained in the custody of USSB until abandoned in 1933.