USS Munindies (ID-2093)

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Name: USS Munindies
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, Virginia
Launched: 17 October 1917
Completed: 7 December 1917
Acquired: 17 December 1917
Commissioned: 17 December 1917
Decommissioned: 25 April 1919[1] or 24 July 1919[2]
Fate: Transferred to United States Shipping Board 25 April 1919[3] or 24 July 1919[4] for return to owners
Notes: Served as commercial cargo ship SS Munindies 1919-1939
Sunk by naval mine November 1939
General characteristics
Class and type: Mundelta-class cargo ship
Displacement: 10,400 tons (normal)
Length: 385 ft (117 m)
Beam: 53 ft (16 m)
Draft: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 11.5 knots
Complement: 62
Armament: 1 x 4-inch (102-millimeter) gun
1 x 3-inch (76.2-millimeter) gun

USS Munindies (ID-2093) was a cargo ship that served in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919.

SS Munindies was built as a commercial cargo ship in 1917 at Newport News, Virginia, by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company for the Munson Steamship Company of New York City. Launched on 17 October 1917, she was delivered to the Munson Line on 7 December 1917. The U.S. Navy acquired her for World War I service from Munson on 17 December 1917. Assigned naval registry Identification Number (Id. No.) 2093, she was commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, as USS Munindies the same day with Lieutenant Commander H. J. Christofferson, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Munindies loaded 5,200 tons of United States Army cargo at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and sailed for Europe in convoy on 4 January 1918, arriving at La Pallice, France, on 25 January 1918. She departed Bordeaux, France, for the United States East Coast on 27 February 1918, arriving in the United States on 2 March 1918.

Munindies made three more crossings to Europe in U.S. Navy service. Her final transatlantic voyage for the Navy ended at New York City on 11 December 1918.

On 11 January 1919, Munindies got underway with general supplies for Argentina, reaching La Plata, Argentina, on 12 February 1919 to unload her cargo. She returned to New York City on 4 April 1919

Munindies was decommissioned on either 25 April 1919[5] or 24 July 1919[6]. On the day of her decommissioning she was transferred to the United States Shipping Board for return to the Munson Steamship Company.

Once again SS Munindies, she operated for the Munson Line in commercial service until November 1939, when she was sunk by a naval mine during World War II.


  1. Per NavSource Online at
  2. Per the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at
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  4. Per the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at
  5. Per NavSource Online at
  6. Per the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships at