USS Edith (ID-3459)

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Name: USS Edith
Namesake: Previous name retained
Acquired: 1918
Commissioned: 1 October 1918
Decommissioned: 18 May 1919
  • Returned to owner 1919
  • Sunk 7 June 1942
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Displacement: 7,160 long tons (7,275 t)
Length: 338 ft (103 m)
Beam: 46 ft 2 in (14.07 m)
Draft: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)
  • 1 × 5 in (130 mm) gun
  • 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun
Service record
Operations: World War I

USS Edith (No. 3459) was a supply ship in the United States Navy.

The U.S. Navy acquiredSS Edith from the United States Shipping Board for service during World War I and commissioned her as USS Edith on 1 October 1918 with Lieutenant Commander W. E. Briggs, USNRF, in command.

Operational history[edit]

On 1 November 1918, Edith sailed for Nantes, France, with a cargo of ammunition and trucks. Returning to New York City on 12 December 1918, she loaded cargo destined for South America, discharging a portion at Bahia, Brazil, and the remainder at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At Santos, Brazil, she took on sugar cane for delivery to New Orleans, Louisiana; however, engine trouble caused her to complete the trip under tow by the U.S. Navy tug USS Potomac.


Edith was decommissioned on 18 May 1919 and returned to her owner.

Later career[edit]

The ship returned to commercial service as SS Edith. During World War II, she was torpedoed and sunk in the Caribbean Sea 200 nautical miles (370 km) southeast of Jamaica (14°33′N 74°35′W / 14.550°N 74.583°W / 14.550; -74.583) on 7 June 1942 by the German submarine U-159 with the loss of two of her 31 crew members.[1]


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

  1. ^ "Edith". Uboat. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 

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