USS Powhatan (ID-3013)

USS Powhatan (ID-3013)

USS "Powhatan" (ID–3013) was a transport ship for the United States Navy during World War I. She was originally SS "Hamburg", a sclass|Barbarossa|ocean liner built in 1899 by Aktiengesellschaft Vulkan of Stettin, Germany, for the Hamburg America Line. Due to British Royal Navy control of the seas she was caught in New York at the outbreak of World War I and remained there from 31 July 1914 until commissioned as the troop transport USS "Hamburg" by the United States Navy on 16 August 1917, with Commander G. S. Lincoln in command.

The ship was renamed "Powhatan" on 5 September 1917 and began the first of 12 consecutive Atlantic crossings on 12 November 1917. "Powhatan" was twice attacked by a submarine in the Bay of Biscay on 4 April 1918 but survived unscathed due to prompt location and depth charging by escorting destroyers. From 12 November 1917 to 9 December 1918, she carried 15,274 troops to France and after the war she returned 11,803 servicemen to the United States.

"Powhatan" was decommissioned on 2 September 1919 and was turned over to the Army Transport Service at New York.



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