USS Cacique (ID-2213)

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Steamship Cacique (American Freighter, 1910) in port, possibly when she was inspected by the 12th Naval District on 27 December 1917.
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Name: USS Cacique
Namesake: Cacique is the Spanish adaptation of an Indian word for prince or chieftain.
Owner: New York and Pacific Steamship Company of New York City
Builder: Short Brothers Company, Sunderland, England
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Christened: as S.S. Cacique
Completed: in 1910 at Sunderland, England
Acquired: leased by the Navy 19 August 1918
Commissioned: 19 August 1918 as USS Cacique (ID # 2213).
Decommissioned: 24 March 1919 at Baltimore, Maryland
Struck: 1919 (est.)
Fate: returned to the United States Shipping Board on 24 March 1919 for return to her owners; fate unknown
General characteristics
Type: Freighter
Tonnage: 6,202 gross tons
Length: 394' 2"
Beam: 52' 3"
Draft: 27' 11"
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 70
Armament: One 5-inch gun mount

USS Cacique (ID-2213) was a freighter leased by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was used to transport Allied personnel and cargo in support of the European fighting front. Post-war she was returned to her owners.

Constructed in England

S.S. Cacique, a 6,202 gross ton commercial freighter, was built in 1910 by Short Brothers Company, at Sunderland, England. She was owned by the New York and Pacific Steamship Company of New York City, the ship was transferred to the Navy from the U.S. Shipping Board 19 August 1918, and commissioned the same day as USS Cacique (ID # 2213), Lieutenant Commander C. H. Winnett, USNRF, in command.

World War I service

Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Cacique sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, 30 August 1918 to begin her role in the mammoth task of supplying the Army in France. She made two voyages to Marseilles, France with general cargo, and returned to Baltimore, Maryland, 2 March 1919. after the November 1918 Armistice

Post-war disposition

Cacique was decommissioned 24 March 1919, and returned to the Shipping Board the same day. She was then returned to her owners.

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