Nahunta, 1213 gross ton iron barge, was built in 1866 at Glasgow, Scotland, as a sailing merchant ship. She was later converted to an unpowered barge and employed in the coal trade. The Navy acquired her during World War I and placed her in commission as USS Nahunta (with no registry number) in August 1917. She served as a coal barge with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service and the Fifth Naval District until sold in October 1919.
This page features our only view of the barge Nahunta (ex-West Point), which was USS Nahunta in 1917-19.
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Photo #: NH 102050
Nahunta (American Barge, 1866)
Photographed prior to her World War I naval service. Formerly named West Point, this seagoing iron coal barge was originally built as a merchant sailing vessel.
She was commissioned by the Navy as USS Nahunta on 8 August 1917. Stricken on 13 June 1919, she was sold on 2 October 1919. Nahunta had no Navy registry number.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 57KB; 740 x 470 pixels
Page made 19 April 2002