Newburgh, a 5983 gross ton (12,400 tons displacement) freighter completed at Newburgh, New York, in December 1918, was placed in commission by the Navy as USS Newburgh (ID # 3768) at Hoboken, New Jersey, on the last day of 1918. After loading a cargo of flour, bacon, and lard consigned to the Northern Food Administration, Newburgh sailed in late January for Falmouth, England. Upon arrival she was ordered by the Food Administration to proceed to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and unload her cargo there. Having carried out these orders, the ship sailed in ballast for New York, but in mid-March 1919 lost two blades of her propeller and had to put in to the Azores and await shipment of a new propeller from New York. Returning to New York in early April, Newburgh loaded a cargo of hay and oats for the Army, which she delivered to Rotterdam in mid-May. On her return voyage she again suffered damage to her propeller and had to put in to Bermuda for repairs and also for refueling. The freighter returned to New York in June 1919 and was decommissioned there and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on the 19th of that month. Newburgh remained in Shipping Board custody until being sold for scrapping at Baltimore in 1931.
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Photo #: NH 1348
USS Newburgh (ID # 3768)
Probably photographed near New York City on the date of her trials, 30 December 1918, or of her delivery and commissioning, 31 December 1918.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 30 April 2008