A large creamy-white bear found in arctic regions.
(SP3666: dp. 8,835; l. 3533; b. 49; dr. 231; s. 12 k.; cpl. 86)
Polar Bear (SP3666) was built in 1918 by the Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Md.; requisitioned by USSB for use in NOTS as a refrigerated cargo ship 28 September 1918; and commissioned at Baltimore 3 December 1918, Lt. Comdr. Richard Russell Lukens, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to NOTS, Polar Bear sailed 19 December 1918 with a full cargo of general Army supplies for the American Expeditionary Force in France. She discharged her cargo at La Pallice, Verdun, Bordeaux and Paulliac before returning to the U.S. 3 February 1919.
Polar Bear was decommissioned at New York 10 March 1919, and was returned to the USSB.