USS Antilla (1904)

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Name: USS Antilla
Namesake: Antilla, a town in Cuba (previous name retained)
Builder: William Grey and Company, West Hartlepool, England
Completed: 1904
Acquired: 14 May 1918
Commissioned: 20 May 1918
Decommissioned: 20 February 1919
Fate: Returned to owner
Notes: In commercial service as SS Antilla 1904-1918 and from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Displacement: 3,668 long tons (3,727 t)
Length: 358 ft (109 m)
Beam: 45 ft (14 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h)
Complement: 52

USS Antilla was a United States Navy cargo ship in commission from 1918-1919.

SS Antilla was built as a commercial cargo ship at West Hartlepool, England, by William Grey and Company. The U.S. Navy acquired her for World War I service from the New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Company on 14 May 1918 and commissioned her on 20 May 1918 at Hoboken, New Jersey as USS Antilla with Lieutenant Commander Nicolai Kvande, USNRF, in command.

Attached to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Antilla made two voyages to Europe while in commission, but spent much of the rest of her time in commission undergoing repairs. She was decommissioned on 20 February 1919 and returned to the New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Company.

Unlike most commercial ships commissioned into U.S. Navy service during World War I, Antilla never received a naval registry Identification Number (Id. No.).


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