Photo #: NH 106039
U.S. Navy Cargo Ship
Photographed circa early 1919. Location may be the Gironde River, France, off the American Bassens port facility.
This ship is either USS El Oriente (ID # 4504), USS El Occidente (ID # 3307), or USS El Sol (ID # 4505). What may be a name board on her bridge face indicates, from its length, that El Occidente is the more likely identification.
Note that the ship still carries her bow gun, and is still in freighter configuration. El Oriente and El Sol were converted to transports in the Spring of 1919, while El Occidente was decommissioned in March of that year.
The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.
Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 19 August 2008