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Winnebago

 

A tribe of Sioux Indians who lived along the banks of the Wisconsin River and on the south side of what is now the city of Green Bay. They joined forces with Tecumseh and fought the Americans at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811 and aided the British during the War of 1812. However, in the Black Hawk War of 1832, the Winnebago captured the chief, Black Hawk, and delivered him to the United States government, thus ending the war. The tribe later made a treaty with the United States in September 1832, relinquishing all of their lands south of the Wisconsin River and east of the Mississippi.

 

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(Freighter: dp. 9,625; lbp. 360'7"; b. 48'2"; dr. 24'7" (mean); dph. 20'2"; s. 8.75 k.; cpl. 176; a. 1 5", 13")

 

The second Winnebago—a steel-hulled, screw steamer completed in 1900 at Stockton, England, by Craig, Taylor, and Co.-—had previously sailed in mercantile service under a succession of names—Haugarland, Hampton, and Heathcraig—before being inspected by the Navy on 4 February 1918. Taken over on a bare ship basis from the American Transatlantic Co., of New York City on 9 February at Hoboken, N.J., the freighter was given the classification Id. No. 2353 and was commissioned at New York City on 6 March 1918, Lt. Comdr. A. R. Gushing, USNRF, in command.

 

Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), Winnebago was fitted and armed as a cargro carrier but made only one round-trip voyage for NOTS. She departed New York City on 23 March, arrived at Norfolk two days later, and loaded a cargo of dynamite for the Army. The freighter sailed for France on 31 March and made port at Paulliac, via Brest, on 25 April. There, she discharged her cargo; sailed for the United States on 13 May; and arrived at New York City on the 30th.

 

While it had originally been intended to transfer the vessel to the Shipping Board, a change of orders resulted in her being returned to her previous owners. Thus, on 11 June 1918, Winnebago was turned over to the American Transatlantic Co. for a resumption of merchant service, and her name was struck from the Navy list.

 

Winnebago was eventually sold to the Albert Jensen Aktieselskab, a Danish firm based at Copenhagen, Denmark, sometime in 1923 or 1924. Renamed Fie Jensen, the freighter was subsequently renamed Ontario in 1926 or 1927 and served under the Danish flag into the late 1920's.