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Photo #  NH 55003:  USS Caldwell alongside the sailing oil tanker Quevilly in the Azores, February 1918

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Quevilly (French Sailing Bark/Oil Tanker, 1897)
Later renamed Deodata

Quevilly, a 3271 gross ton 322-foot long four-masted steel sailing bark fitted as an oil tanker, was completed at Grand Quevilly near Rouen, France, in 1897. In an effort to extend the economic life of previously-subsidized French merchant sailing vessels, she was fitted in 1910 with a pair of 300-horsepower auxiliary diesel engines, driving two propeller shafts. This unusual French vessel was included in the list of ships that were to comprise the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), a U.S. Navy logistics force established by a Chief of Naval Operations' order signed on 9 January 1918. Since she was not yet in Navy hands, the bark was listed as "to be taken over." Quevilly sailed from France on 2 February 1918 and arrived in the Azores on 21 February. She operated there for the rest of the war as a station tank ship, providing fuel in port to NOTS and other ships. Although probably under some form of NOTS control, Quevilly was never commissioned in either NOTS or the regular U.S. Navy and remained a privately owned French vessel manned by a French crew. She remained in this status until 12 April 1919, when she was delivered to her Master as agent for her owners.

Laid up in 1921, Quevilly was sold to a Norwegian owner in 1923, re-engined in 1924 with a single 209-horsepower diesel engine driving a single screw, renamed Deodata in 1925, and derigged and converted to a whale oil tanker in 1926. She was sunk on 21 October 1939 off the English east coast near Hull by a mine laid by the German submarine U-19.

This page features the only views we have concerning the French Sailing Bark/Oil Tanker Quevilly, which was later renamed Deodata.

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Photo #: NH 55003

USS Caldwell
(Destroyer # 69)

Taking on fuel oil from the French four-masted barque Quevilley, at Ponta Delgada, Azores, 27 February 1918.
Caldwell appears to be painted in a Mackay low visibility camouflage pattern.
Photographed from USS Margaret (SP-527) by Raymond D. Borden.
Quevilley was one of the World's few sailing oil tankers.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Quevilly is probably visible, somewhat distantly, on the right side of the following photograph:

Photo #: NH 99742

U.S. Navy Submarine Chasers

In an Azores harbor with other ships of the U.S. and foreign navies, circa October 1918.
The six subchasers in the left center of the view, with bows to the camera, are (from left to right): SC-223, SC-330, SC-180, SC-353, SC-331 and (probably) SC-356. Ships nested with them, to the right, include a "bird" type minesweeper and two converted yacht patrol vessels. The four sailing ship masts to the extreme right probably belong to the French Quevilly, which was serving as station tanker in the Azores.

Collection of George K. Beach, who was a crewmember of USS SC-331 at the time.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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