USS Sagua, a 3299 gross ton store ship, was built at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, in 1914 as a commercial freighter. She was chartered by the Navy in August 1918 and placed in commission within a few days. Prior to the November 1918 Armistice that ended World War I fighting, Sagua made two voyages carrying beef and other cargo to France. She made three more trips to Europe between December 1918 and April 1919. Decommissioned in May 1919, USS Sagua was turned over to the War Department to be returned to her owner.
This page features our only view of USS Sagua (ID # 1627).
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Photo #: NH 102253
USS Sagua (ID # 1627)
In port on a snowy day, circa winter 1918-1919.
Built in England in 1914, the steamship Sagua was leased by the Navy on 9 August and placed in commission on 12 August 1918. She was turned over to the United States Shipping Board on 19 May 1919 for return to her owner.
Note: The original photograph was labeled as USS Tanamo (ID-1627), which had the same builder as Sagua. However, the latter name can be read on the name board on the face of the ship's bridge.
Barge Lehigh Valley 500 is in the foreground.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 63KB; 740 x 510 pixels
Page made 16 November 2003