USS Bath (ID # 1997, later AK-4), 1917-1926

USS Bath, a 2554 gross ton cargo ship, was built at Stettin, Germany, in 1913 as the commercial freighter Andromeda. She was seized by the U.S. Government at New Orleans in April 1917, when America entered the First World War. Transferred to the Navy in May and renamed Bath in June, she was placed in commission in late July. After a voyage to France in August and September 1917, she operated in European waters until February 1918, then resumed trans-Atlantic cargo voyages. From February 1919 until July 1921 Bath, which was designated AK-4 in mid-1920, carried equipment and supplies between the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, by way of the Caribbean. She was then sent to the Philippines to join the Asiatic Fleet. USS Bath was placed out of commission at Cavite Navy Yard in May 1922 and sold in January 1926.

This page features all the views we have related to USS Bath (ID # 1997, later AK-4).

Photo #: 19-N-6737

USS Bath
(ID # 1997)

At the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 28 June 1918, with what appears to be a significant list to starboard.
Note her pattern camouflage.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection, U.S. National Archives

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Reproductions may be available at National Archives.

Photo #: NH 68729

USS Bath

At anchor and dressed with flags, circa 1920.

Courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1969.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 107024

The body of Arthur Vester Boykin, Fireman 3rd Class, USN

Ready for burial at sea.
Fireman Boykin enlisted at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 9 January 1917. He died of lobar pneumonia on board USS Bath (ID # 1997, later AK-4) on 15 April 1918 and was buried at sea the next day.
The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.

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