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Absaroka (Id. No. 2581)


The ship retained the name she carried at the time of her acquisition.

(Id. No. 2581: displacement 12,397; length 423'9"; beam 54'; draft 24'6"; speed 11 knots; complement 70; armament 1 6-inch, 1 3-inch)

Absaroka -- completed in February 1918 for the United States Shipping Board by Skinner & Eddy Co., Seattle, Wash. -- was taken over by the Navy on a bare boat basis on 17 September 1918; and, assigned the identification number (Id. No.) 2581, was commissioned that same day, Lt. Cmdr. O. W. Hughes in command.

Absaroka was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) following her commissioning. Between October 1918 and February 1919, the ship made two transatlantic voyages for NOTS carrying Army cargo to ports in France, England, and the Netherlands. During her second trip, Absaroka rescued the captain and crew of the disabled British steamer War Marvel and landed them safely at Falmouth, England.

The ship arrived in New York City on 12 February 1919 and was immediately drydocked for overhaul. Absaroka was decommissioned on 4 March 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board.

Absaroka retained her name during a second global conflict, operated by Pope & Talbot, Inc., under a term charter agreement, delivered to that shipping concern at San Pedro, Calif., on 9 May 1942. Delivered to Pope & Talbot at Oakland, Calif., on 16 August 1943 under a general agency agreement, the ship remained under that firm's houseflag until sold to the Greek Government on 14 April 1946. She was renamed Prima Vista.

Published: Mon Jun 01 11:30:42 EDT 2020