(American Freighter, 1917) Probably photographed upon completion of construction, circa 1917. Built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company at Newport News, Virginia, this ship was requisitioned by the Emergency Fleet Corporation for World War I service and chartered by the U.S. Army. She was acquired by the Navy on 29 August 1918 and placed in commission two days later as USS Felix Taussig (ID # 2282). She was decommissioned on 26 April 1919 and transferred to the U.S. Shipping Board for return to her owners, the Crowell & Thurlow Steamship Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.