USS Watonwan (ID-4296)
|Career (United States)||100x35px|
|Namesake:||The Watonwan River in Minnesota (previous name retained)|
|Builder:||Merchants' Shipbuilding Corporation, Bristol, Pennsylvania|
|Commissioned:||4 February 1919|
|Decommissioned:||14 May 1919|
|Struck:||14 May 1919|
Returned to United States Shipping Board 14 May 1919|
Laid up 1923
Abandoned due to age and deterioration 1931
|Notes:||Built for United States Shipping Board as SS Watonwan in 1918; in Shipping Board custody as SS Watonwan 1919-1931.|
|Type:||Design 1025 ship|
|Length:||417 ft 9.5 in (127.343 m)|
|Beam:||54 ft 2 in (16.51 m)|
|Draft:||25 ft 6 in (7.77 m) mean|
|Depth:||32 ft 10 in (10.01 m)|
|Propulsion:||Steam, one screw|
1 x 4-inch (102-millimeter) gun|
1 x 3-inch (76.2 millimeter) gun
Watonwan was a steel-hulled, single-screw freighter built for the United States Shipping Board in 1918 at Bristol, Pennsylvania, by the Merchants' Shipbuilding Corporation. In 1919 she was taken over by the U.S. Navy for operation by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS). Assigned Identification Number (Id. No.) 4296, she was placed in commission at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 4 February 1919 with Lieutenant Commander Arnold H. Lewis, USNRF, in command.
After loading 7,087 tons of flour, Watonwan departed Philadelphia on 19 February 1919, bound for the British Isles, and arrived in Falmouth, England, on 5 March 1919. After discharging a part of her cargo there, she departed Falmouth on 12 March 1919 and called at Plymouth, England, and Gibraltar before departing Gibraltar on 22 March 1919 for Italy. Reaching Genoa on 26 March 1919, she discharged the last of her cargo of flour there, loaded 1,250 tons of stone ballast, and sailed via Gibraltar for the United States.
Watonwan tarried briefly at Norfolk, Virginia, arriving on 26 April 1919 and departing on 27 April 1919, before moving on to New Orleans, Louisiana. She arrived there on 8 May 1919 and was decommissioned on 14 May 1919. She was simultaneously struck from the Navy List and returned to the Shipping Board. Laid up in 1923, Watonwan was eventually abandoned, due to age and deterioration, in 1931.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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