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Victorious

 

(Freighter: dp. 16,400; 1. 440'1˝"; b. 56'0"; dr. 29'9"; dph. 38'0"; s. 10.5 k.; cpl. 97)

 

Victorious—a steel-hulled, single-screw cargo vessel built under a United States Shipping Board contract by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Union Iron Works plant, San Francisco, Calif.—was inspected by the Navy at San Francisco on 5 October 1918 and was earmarked for operation by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS). She was commissioned at San Francisco on 19 October 1918.

 

Victorious—designated Id. No. 3514—proceeded to Port Costa on the 25th, arriving on 18 November, seven days after the armistice ended World War I. The cargo vessel took on a full load of flour and, on the 22d, sailed, via the Panama Canal, for New York. Arriving there on 13 December, Victorious got underway for England four days after Christmas 1918.

 

Victorious reached London on 14 January 1919, discharged her cargo of flour, and loaded 2,300 tons of steel billets and 200 steel rails before sailing for the United States on 30 January. Arriving back at New York on 13 February, the cargo vessel was placed out of commission on 25 February 1919. She was simultaneously struck from the Navy list and returned to the USSB.