A city in California; the first Pasadena retained her former name.
(Str: dp. 12,570; l. 416’6”; b. 53’; dr. 26’5”, s. 11 k.; cpl. 70; a. 1 5”)
Pasadena (No. 2943), a cargo ship launched 27 January 1918 as War Beacon by Moore & Scott Shipbuilding Co., Oakland, Calif. for the Cunard Steamship Co., was taken over at Mare Island, Calif. and commissioned into NOTS 13 May 1918.
After refitting at Mare Island, she took on general cargo and steamed 18 May via the Panama Canal and Hampton Roads, Va. for New York City, arriving 28 June. She joined up with a convoy at Norfolk, Va. and departed for France 5 July, arriving St. Nazaire the 26th. Returning to New York 29 August, she underwent repairs, took on supplies, and made another convoy crossing between New York and St. Nazaire, and back again 15 September–18 November.
Pasadena steamed independently with general cargo 15 December, arriving Verdon, France 7 January 1919. She returned to New York 11 February. After one more transAtlantic run, 2 March–22 April, the steamer was placed in line for demobilization at Newport News, Va., decommissioned; and was turned over to the USSB 28 April 1919.