Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Memorandum of Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, Concerning Vessels in Naval Overseas Transportation Service

NAVY DEPARTMENT

Office of Naval Operations.

Washington.

April 15, 1918.

From: Chief of Naval Operations.

To:  Commandants 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, and 5th Naval Districts,

 Commandants Navy Yards Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Norfolk,

 District Supervisors, Naval Overseas Transportation  

 Service, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Norfolk,

 Bureaus of Navigation, Ordnance, Steam Engineering,

 Construction and Repair, Medicine and Surgery, and

 Supplies and Accounts,

 Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet,

 Commanding Officers all vessels of Naval Overseas

 Transportation Service and of Train Atlantic Fleet.

SUBJECT:  Naval Overseas Transportation Service.

     1. The following is a complete list of the vessels,which have been commissioned in the Navy, and are operating under the Naval Overseas Transportation Service.1

                  NAVY ACCOUNT

Arethusa

Astoria

Bath

Beaufort

Besoeki

Bridge

Broad Arrow

Frank H. Buck

Carib

Chestnut Hill

Choctaw

Peter H. Crowell

Cuyama

Dochra

Gargoyle

Glacier

Gold Shell

Gulfport

Hisko

Houston

Kanawha

Kiowa

Kittery

Lake Bridge

Lake Champlain

Lake Erie

Lake Forest

Lake Huron

Lake Michigan

Lake Ontario

Lake Placid

Lake Port

Lake Shore

Lakeside

Lake Superior

Lake Tahoe

Lakeview

Lake Wood

Lake Worth

Long Beach

Los Angeles

Malang

Manta

Mars

Maumee

Nereus

Nero

Newport News

Orion

Ozama

Pensacola

Proteus

Quevilly

Quincy

Rappahannock

William Rockefeller

Sioux

Standard Arrow

Sterling

Topila

Vulcan

          SHIP CONTROL ACCOUNT.

               Alaskan

               Bali

               Batjan

               Bavaria

               Beukelsdijk

               Buitenzorg

               Bussum

               Casco

               Celebes

               Clio

               Constantia

               Cor<o>zel

               Drechterland

               El Capitan

               Eliner

               Fairmont

               Gori<o>ntalo

               Hatteras

               Iowan

               Isabela

               Jan Van Nassau

               Jeanette Skinner

               F. J. Luckenbach

               Maartensdijk

               Margaret

               Merauke

               Mexican

               Middlesix

               Mocassin <Moccasin>

               Munaries <Munaires>

               Munindies

               Noord Brabant

               Norlina

               Oosterdijk

               Pollux

               Randwijk

               Rignland <Rijnland>

               Rondo

               Samarinda

               Seatia <Saetia>

               Soestdijk

               Sudbury

               Ternate

               Teresa

               Texan

               Ticonderoga

               Tjisondari

               Tjisengang <Tjikembang>

               Veendyk <Veendijk>

               Wabash

               Wachusett

               Westerdijk

               Winnebago

               Winterswijk

               Zaanland

               Zuiderdijk2

W. S. BENSON.                     

 

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Someone went through and handwrote corrected spellings of a number of these vessels. The handwritten corrections are given in angle brackets immediately following the original spelling. Document identifier: “28963-7/Op-23.”

Footnote 1: A preliminary list, signed by Benson and dated 9 January 1918, is printed in Clephane, Naval Overseas Transportation Service: 1-4.

Footnote 2: These ships, along with others that served in the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), are to be found in an alphabetized list in Ibid., 213-46. There, in addition to the name and SP (section patrol) number, is listed the year the vessel was constructed and the owner, dimensions and tonnage of the ship, how it was used, and the date it was received into NOTS and its disposition.