An island in the south‑central Hawaiian group named for the chief mythological hero of the Polynesians. Maui is credited with snaring the sun, controlling the winds, introducing fire, and fishing up the eastern Pacific island group from the sea.
(SP‑1514: t. 9,730; l. 501'; b. 58'; dr. 30'2"; s. 18 k.; a. 4 6", 2 1‑pdrs., 2 mg.)
The first Maui, a troop transport, was built by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Calif., in 1917; acquired by the Navy from the Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, 6 March 1918; and commissioned the same day.
Assigned to transatlantic duty, Maui served with the Cruiser and Transport Force through World War I, carrying troops to France and returning from Europe with passengers and the sick and wounded. Following the Armistice, she decommissioned and was returned to her owner.
During World War II Maui operated under the Quartermaster Corps, U.S. Army, from 1942 into 1943 before she was turned over to the Maritime Administration for disposal by 1945.