Polar Bear, a 4092 gross ton steamship, was built at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1918 as part of the First World War merchant ship building program. She was taken over by the Navy in September 1918 for assignment to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. Commissioned in early December 1918 as USS Polar Bear (ID # 3666), she made one round-trip voyage to France between December 1918 and February 1919. The ship was decommissioned in March 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board.
This page features our only view of the freighter Polar Bear.
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Photo #: NH 102133
Polar Bear (American Freighter, 1918)
In port, 1918.
This ship was acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 3 December 1918 as USS Polar Bear (ID # 3666). She was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 19 March 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 57KB; 740 x 405 pixels
Page made 29 October 2002