Muscatine, a 4430 gross ton (10,562 tons displacement) refrigerated cargo ship, was built at Shooters Island, New York, in 1918 as part of the World War I emergency ship construction effort. Originally ordered by a northern European shipowner as Scandinavic, she was requisitioned by the U.S. Shipping Board and renamed Stian during the early stages of construction. After being launched she was again renamed, becoming Muscatine. The ship was taken over by the Navy and commissioned on 2 May 1918 as USS Muscatine (ID # 2226). She loaded around 2800 tons of frozen beef and other foodstuffs and departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 30 May 1918 in a convoy bound for St. Nazaire, France, where she arrived on 14 June. Returning to New York on 25 July, between August 1918 and June 1919 she made five more voyages between the United States and St. Nazaire with cargoes of up to 5,300 tons of frozen beef plus, on one occasion, a deck load of auto parts. Muscatine was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board at New York on 16 July 1919. She remained in Shipping Board hands, probably in reserve, as S.S. Muscatine until she was sold and renamed Floridian in 1928. She became Elizabeth in 1936. On 20 May 1942 she was torpedoed and sunk in the Yucatan Channel by the German submarine U-103.
This page features the only view we have concerning the American freighter Muscatine, ex Stian, which was USS Muscatine (ID # 2226) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 105226
S.S. Stian (American Freighter, 1918)
Fitting out at Shooters Island, New York, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 19 December 1917. She had been launched on 20 October 1917, was completed in May 1918, and was in commission as USS Muscatine (ID # 2226) from 2 May 1918 to 16 July 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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