USS Pontiac (ID-2343)

USS Pontiac (ID-2343)

USS "Pontiac" (ID 2343) was a commercial ferryboat twice chartered by the U.S. Navy during 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 1883 and rebuilt there in 1909, was previously named "Pioneer".

World War I service

She was chartered by the Navy in March 1918 and 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.

ee also

* U.S. Navy
* World War I


* [ Pontiac (American Ferry, 1883). Briefly served as USS Pontiac (ID # 2343) in 1918]

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