USS Hatteras (ID-2142)
|Namesake:||An inlet on the coast of North Carolina.|
|Builder:||Bethlehem Shipping Corp. of Sparrows Point, Maryland|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Commissioned:||23 October 1917 at Baltimore, Maryland|
|Decommissioned:||8 April 1919 at New York City|
|Identification:||ID # 2142|
|Fate:||returned to the United States Shipping Board 8 April 1919|
|Status:||retained until she was abandoned in 1938|
|Speed:||10 k nots|
The second USS Hatteras (1917) was a Cunard Line freighter acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I and was used to transport men and war materials to France. Post-war she was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board as redundant to needs.
Built in Baltimore for the Cunard Line
The second U.S. Navy ship to be named Hatteras was built in 1917 for the Cunard Line by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. of Sparrows Point, Maryland. Acquired by the U.S. Navy for the war effort, she commissioned 23 October 1917, Lt. Comdr. W. K. Martin in command.
World War I service
Difficulty in crossing the Atlantic
After loading cargo, mainly iron, in Maryland, Hatteras joined a convoy at Norfolk, Virginia, and sailed for France on 26 January 1918. On 4 February the convoy ran into a severe North Atlantic Ocean storm, and Hatteras' steering gear broke down completely. The disabled ship headed back to Boston, Massachusetts, using a jury-rigged steering system arriving 11 days later.
On 6 March she sailed again for France via Halifax, Nova Scotia, but 11 days later ran into another severe storm, and, once again, broken steering gear forced her to turn back to Boston.
On 9 April Hatteras sailed for France for the third time, this time through relatively calm seas, and arrived in Nantes on the 30th. Cargo successfully discharged, she returned to Baltimore on 23 May.
Hatteras decommissioned there on 8 April 1919 and the same day was returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB), which retained her until she was abandoned in 1938.