USS Munplace (ID-2346)

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SS Munplace (1916).jpg
SS Munplace (ID-2346), probably around the time of her completion in 1916.
History
United States
Name: Munplace
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Maryland Steel Company, Sparrows Point, Maryland
Completed: 9 May 1916
Acquired: 31 August 1918
Commissioned: 31 August 1918
Decommissioned: 15 February 1919
Fate: Transferred to United States Shipping Board 15 February 1919 for simultaneous return to owners
Notes:
  • In commercial service as SS Munalbro 1916-1918 and 1919-1939
  • Scrapped 1939
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 3,315 gross tons
Displacement: 7,345 tons (normal)
Length: 328 ft 6 in (100.13 m)
Beam: 46 ft 2 in (14.07 m)
Draft: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 11 knots
Complement: 93
Armament: 2 × 3-inch (76.2-millimeter) guns

USS Munplace (ID-2346) was a cargo ship that served in the United States Navy from 1918 to 1919.

SS Munplace was built as a commercial cargo ship by the Maryland Steel Company at Sparrows Point, Maryland, in 1916, for the Munson Steamship Lines. She was delivered to Munson on 9 May 1916 and entered mercantile service. The U.S. Navy acquired Munplace from Munson for World War I service on 31 August 1918, assigned her the naval registry Identification Number (Id. No.) 2346, and commissioned her as USS Munplace at Newport News, Virginia, the same day with Lieutenant Commander James H. Lum, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), Munplace was loaded with a cargo of United States Army supplies, made a transatlantic crossing to France in convoy, and arrived at Rochefort, France, on 4 October 1918. Proceeding to La Pallice, France, she discharged her cargo, went on to Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France, and returned to the United States, arriving at Norfolk, Virginia, on 10 November 1918. World War I ended the next day.

In December 1918, Munplace departed Norfolk and delivered another U.S. Army cargo to La Pallice. She then returned to the United States, arriving at Newport News in January 1919

On 15 February 1919 Munplace was decommissioned and delivered to the United States Shipping Board for simultaneous return to Munson Steamship Lines. She returned to mercantile service as SS Munplace, remaining in commercial use until she was scrapped at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1939.

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