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Northern Pacific

 

The North Pacific Ocean.

 

(Str: dp. 9,708; l 525’8”; b. 63’1”; dph. 2 V; s. 23 k.; cpl. 371; a. 4 6”, 2 1–pdrs., 2 Mg.)

 

Northern Pacific, a steamer laid down 25 September 1913, was completed by Win. Cramp and Sons, Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, Pa. in 1914; acquired by the Shipping Board from Spokane, Portland, & Seattle Railway, Portland, Oreg. 17 September 1917 and commissioned 3 November 1917 at Bremerton, Wash., Lt. Comdr. Alfred T. Hunter in command.

 

The passenger steamer was originally built to serve between Astoria, Oreg. and San Francisco, Calif. before World War I. The Navy operated the ship during the war. She departed San Francisco 7 March for New York via the Panama Canal. Joining the Cruiser and Transport Squadron during the war, Northern Pacific operated between Hoboken, N.J. and Brest, France, making a total of 13 trips taking 22,645 troops and passengers to France and returning 9,532 to the United States. The influenza epidemic hit the ship hard in September 1918 en route to Brest. Cots were set up in the brig and in the open corridors. There were 7 deaths. On 2 October, sister ship Great Northern collided with British ship Brinkburn which caused her to lose contact with the convoy. Northern Pacific searched and found her seaworthy enough to rejoin the convoy.

 

Northern Pacific ran aground off Fire Island, N.Y. 1 January 1919. Her troops transferred to other ships. She was refloated 18 January, and proceeded to Staten Island. She decommissioned 20 August 1919 and was subsequently transferred to the Army Transport Service.

 

Returned to the Shipping Board 22 November 1921, she was sold to the Pacific Steamship Co. 2 February 1922; while being towed to their yard at Chester, Pa., she was destroyed by fire.