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Vittorio Emmanuele III


(Id. No. 3095: dp. 10,820; 1. 380'; b. 53'9"; dr. 23'9"; dph. 29'3"; s. 10˝ k.; cpl. 52; a. 1 5", 1 3")


Vittorio Emmanuele III (Id. No. 3095), a cargo steamer constructed in 1918 by the Seattle Construction & Drydock Co., was taken over by the Navy from the United States Shipping Board on 27 June 1918 and commissioned at Seattle, Wash., on 28 June 1918, Lt. Comdr. William A. Carleton, USNRF, in command.


Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), Vittorio Emmanuele III was refitted for naval service at Seattle. She departed that port on 5 July and set a course for Arica, Chile. She arrived at her destination on 30 July and loaded a cargo of nitrates. On 18 August, she stood out of Arica bound, via the Panama Canal, to Norfolk. The cargo ship entered Hampton Roads late in the month. At Norfolk, she loaded an Army cargo and, on 28 September, returned to sea, bound for New York and a rendezvous with a convoy bound for Europe. On 30 September, she departed New York with the convoy. The ship arrived in Brest, France, on 15 October and discharged her cargo. She then took on ballast and, on 3 November, set sail for home. After a coaling stop at Bermuda on 22 November, the cargo ship arrived back in Norfolk on the 28th. On 1 December, she got underway for Philadelphia, where she loaded another Army cargo. Vittorio Emmanuele III stood out of Philadelphia on 15 December and arrived in Quiberon, France, on 4 January 1919. After unloading her cargo at Quiberon, she moved to Brest where she loaded a return cargo. On 9 February, she headed back to the United States. The ship entered Philadelphia on 7 March, unloaded her cargo, and began preparations for decommissioning. Vittorio Emmanuele III was placed out of commission at Philadelphia on 4 April 1919, and she was returned to the United States Shipping Board. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 4 April also. Sold by the United States Shipping Board to G. E. Marsden sometime early in the 1920's, she operated in mercantile service—first as SS Vittorio Emmanuele III and after 1939 as SS Vitorlock—until early in 1947. At that time, her name disappeared from the merchant ship registers.