Photo #: NH 41623
USS Santee (1917-1918)
Painted in "dazzle" camouflage, circa late 1917 or early 1918.
Formerly S.S. Arvonian (British Freighter, 1905), this ship became HMS Bendish in mid-1917. She was loaned to the U.S. Navy and placed in commission in late November 1917. Soon renamed Santee and employed as a "decoy ship" (or "Q-ship") for anti-submarine patrols, she was torpedoed on 27 December 1917. After repairs she was returned to the Royal Navy and again named Bendish. The freighter resumed her commercial career after World War I and during the next four decades bore the names Arvonian, Brookvale, Spidola and Rudau. She was broken up in 1958.
Courtesy Captain David C. Hanrahan, USN, November 1929.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 30 November 2007