- USS Pontiac (ID-2343)
USS "Pontiac" (ID 2343) was a commercial
ferryboattwice chartered by the U.S. Navyduring World War I. After acquiring the ferry, the Navy was not able to find an adequate use for the vessel, such as a minesweeper, and returned it, finally, to its owner.
Built in Rhode Island
"Pontiac", a 112 gross ton steam ferryboat built at
East Providence, Rhode Island, in 1883and rebuilt there in 1909, was previously named "Pioneer".
World War I service
She was chartered by the Navy in March
1918and briefly was USS "Pontiac" (ID 2343). However, a planned conversion to a minesweeper was not carried out and she was returned to her owner in June 1918. Again taken over soon after that, she was given back to her owner for a final time in July 1918.
World War I
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-civil/civsh-p/pontiac.htm Pontiac (American Ferry, 1883). Briefly served as USS Pontiac (ID # 2343) in 1918]
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