USS Matsonia

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USS Matsonia (ID-1589) was a troopship used by the United States Navy during World War I. Before and after her Navy service she was ocean liner SS Matsonia for the Matson Navigation Company. The liner was sold in 1937 to the Alaska Packers Association and renamed SS Etolin. Shortly before World War II, the ship was chartered by the United States Army as USAT Etolin. Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in 1946, Etolin was placed in the James River Reserve Fleet and ultimately scrapped in 1957.

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Matsonia in commercial service
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NameSS Matsonia
OwnerMatson Navigation Company
Builder
Launched1913
Fateacquired by U.S. Navy, 22 January 1918
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Arriving in New York Harbor at the end of a voyage from Europe, 1919 with troops
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Flag_of_the_United_States_%281912-1959%29.svgUnited States
NameUSS Matsonia (ID-1589)
Acquired22 January 1918
Commissioned1 March 1918
Decommissioned12 September 1919
Fatereturned to her former owner, 17 September 1919
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Name
  • 1919–1937: SS Matsonia
  • 1937–1940: SS Etolin
Owner
Fatechartered to the United States Army, August 1940
History
Flag_of_the_United_States_%281912-1959%29.svgUnited States
NameUSAT Matsonia
AcquiredAugust 1940
In serviceAugust 1940
Out of service28 April 1946
Fatetransferred to James River Reserve Fleet, 28 April 1946; scrapped, 1957
General characteristics (as USS Matsonia, 1918–1919)
Displacement16,800 tons (normal)
Length501 ft 4 in (152.81 m)
Beam58 ft 1 in (17.70 m)
Draft29 ft (8.8 m) (mean)
Speed17 knots (31 km/h)
Armament
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