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Photo #  NH 102374:  Launching of SS Winding Gulf at Camden, New Jersey, 22 June 1918

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Winding Gulf (American Collier/Freighter, 1918).
Served as USS Winding Gulf (ID # 3379) in 1918-1919

Winding Gulf, a 5438 gross ton freighter with collier features, was built in 1918 at Camden, New Jersey. Upon completion in August 1918 the new ship was taken over by the Navy and commissioned as USS Winding Gulf (ID # 3379). As a unit of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, she made two round-trip voyages to France. The first, beginning in early September, included a cargo of locomotives for use in the Western Front war zone. Winding Gulf's second trip, after the November 1918 Armistice had stopped World War I's fighting, took place in November 1918 - March 1919. Decommissioned soon after returning to the U.S., she was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board. Winding Gulf had a long career of commercial service ahead of her, and she was not sold for scrapping until July 1947.

This page features all available views of the freighter Winding Gulf, which served as USS Winding Gulf (ID # 3379) in 1918-1919.

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Photo #: NH 102374

S.S. Winding Gulf
(American Freighter, 1918)

Launching, at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 22 June 1918.
This ship was acquired by the Navy and placed in commission as USS Winding Gulf (ID # 3379) on 19 August 1918. She was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 26 March 1919.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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S.S. Winding Gulf
(American Freighter, 1918)

In commercial service after World War I.

Source: Shipscribe.


Related images:

  • Photo # NH 106016-B, a view showing, in its left background, a ship which may be Winding Gulf.
  • Photo # NH 99177, a view of the steamship Fairmont, was used on Winding Gulf's "SP" data card, undoubtedly reflecting the common design of these two ships.

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