USS Fort Wayne (ID-3786)

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Fort Wayne possibly photographed at her builder's yard at Baltimore, Maryland, around the time of her completion in December 1918.
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Name: USS Fort Wayne
Namesake: Former name retained
Builder: Baltimore Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Maryland
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Completed: 1918
Acquired: 27 December 1918
Commissioned: 27 December 1918
Decommissioned: 23 April 1919 at Norfolk, Virginia
Maiden voyage: Baltimore, Maryland, to Gibraltar
Struck: circa 23 April 1919
Fate: returned to the U.S. Shipping Board and scrapped in Japan in 1934
General characteristics
Type: Freighter
Tonnage: 6,245 gross tons
Displacement: 12,260 tons
Length: 423' 9"
Beam: 64'
Draft: 24' 2"
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 60 officers and enlisted
Armament: not known
Notes: After Navy service, she became the SS Fort Wayne

USS Fort Wayne (ID 3786) was a freighter acquired by the U.S. Navy during the last year of World War I. She was assigned to carry cargo to Europe, after which she was decommissioned and sold by the U.S. Shipping Board. She then became the SS Fort Wayne, and was scrapped in Japan in 1934.

Constructed in Baltimore

Fort Wayne (No. 3786), a 6245 gross ton (12,260 tons displacement) freighter, was built in 1918 by Baltimore Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Maryland; acquired by the Navy 27 December 1918; and commissioned as USS Fort Wayne (ID # 3786) the same day, Lieutenant Commander S. C. Fenn, USNRF, in command.

World War I support

The ship loaded general cargo and sailed from Baltimore 26 January 1919 for Gibraltar, with a refueling stop at the Azores. At Gibraltar Fort Wayne received orders to deliver a full load of cargo for the Italian government at La Spezzia, Italy, where she arrived in mid-February. Because of a shortage of cargo handling workers she was delayed there for almost a month and finally sailed for Norfolk, Virginia, arriving there on 20 April.

After refueling at the Azores the freighter had to return there in early April for repairs to her propeller.

Final decommissioning and subsequent history

USS Fort Wayne was decommissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, 23 April 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board. SS Fort Wayne was sold by the Shipping Board to a commercial firm in 1929 and was scrapped in Japan in 1934.

See also

  • U.S. Navy
  • World War I