U.S.S. Bridge (1916)

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U.S.S. Bridge (1916)
Hull Number: AF-1
Builder: Boston NYd[1]
Ordered: 1913[2]
Laid down: 21 June, 1915[3]
Launched: 18 May, 1916[4]
Commissioned: 2 June, 1917[5]
Decommissioned: 27 June, 1946
Sold: 22 December, 1947[6]
U.S.S. Bridge was a stores ship completed for the U.S. Navy.

Construction

Authorized in 1913. Bridge was the first refrigerated cargo ship purpose-built for the Navy.[7]

Bridge was launched on 18 May, 1916 at the Boston Navy Yard, sponsored by Mrs. Granville Searcy Fleece, a grandniece of the ship's namesake, Commodore Horatio Bridge.

Service

Bridge was commissioned on 2 June, 1917 with Lieutenant Commander William K. Riddle in command. Following her commissioning, Bridge was used to carry provisions to the fleet and shore stations.

When the United States entered the First World War in 1917, Bridge was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. Between 1917 and the summer of 1918 she made four transatlantic voyages.

On 1 July 1918, while at New York, she was assigned to the Train, Atlantic Fleet, and operated between New York, York River, and the Chesapeake.

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Armament

[12]

  • four 5-inch/50 caliber
  • one 3-inch/50 caliber AA gun

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 135.
  2. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 135.
  3. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 135.
  4. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 135.
  5. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 135.
  6. Silverstone. Navy of World War II. p. 295.
  7. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 135.
  8. Register of Officers, 1920. pp. 18-19.
  9. Register of Officers, 1925. pp. 22-23.
  10. Register of Officers, 1925. pp. 22-23.
  11. Register of Officers, 1930. pp. 16, 17.
  12. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 135.

Bibliography

  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2008). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The Navy of World War II, 1922-1947. New York: Routledge.


Stores Ship U.S.S. Bridge