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Paysandu

 

Former name retained.

 

(ID 3880: dp. 9004; l. 375’8”; b. 46’7”; dr. 24’; s. 11 k.)

 

Paysandu, built as Bahia by Reiherstieg Schiffswerke & Maschinenfabrik, Hamburg, Germany, for the Hamburg Sildamerikanische Dampfshifffahrts Ges., in 1898, served that company until interned at Montevideo, Uruguay, during World War I. Taken over by that country’s government and subsequently transferred to the custody of the United States Shipping Board, she sailed from Montevideo 30 September 1918. After reaching New York she was modified to carry troops and on 29 January 1919 she was taken over by the Navy for use as a transport to return American troops to the United States. Six months later, on 29 July 1919, she was placed out of service and turned over to the Shipping Board for return to her owner, the Uruguyan government.