USS Indianapolis (ID-3865)

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Name: USS Indianapolis
Namesake: The city of Indianapolis, Indiana (previous name retained)
Builder: Pusey and Jones, Gloucester, New Jersey
Launched: 4 July 1918
Completed: 1918
Acquired: 12 December 1918
Commissioned: 12 December 1918
Decommissioned: 9 July 1919
Struck: 9 July 1919
Fate: Returned to United States Shipping Board, 9 July 1919
Notes: Built for United States Shipping Board as SS Indianpolis in 1918; in Shipping Board custody as SS Indianapolis from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Displacement: 16,900 tons
Length: 439 ft 6 in (133.96 m)
Beam: 60 ft 0 in (18.29 m)
Draft: 28 ft 0.5 in (8.547 m)
Speed: 11 knots
Complement: 70

The first USS Indianapolis was a cargo ship that served in the United States Navy from 1918 to 1919.

SS Indianapolis was launched on 4 July 1918 by Pusey and Jones, Gloucester, New Jersey, for the United States Shipping Board. She was delivered to the U.S. Department of the Navy on 12 December 1918 and was commissioned into the U.S. Navy as USS Indianapolis the same day at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Lieutenant Commander J. M. Masury, USNRF, in command.

Attached to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Indianapolis departed Philadelphia on 28 December 1918 to carry cargo to England and Holland. She returned to the United States at Norfolk, Virginia, on 23 February 1919. She departed Norfolk on 31 March 1919, carried cargo to France, and returned to Norfolk on 22 June 1919.

Indianapolis decommissioned on 9 July 1919. She was returned to the United States Shipping Board at Norfolk the same day, once again becoming SS Indianapolis.