From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Baxley is a town in Georgia.
(AK: T. 2,551; l. 268'; b. 45'2"; dr. 23'6"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 56; a. 1 3"; cl. Banago)
Baxley, a cargo vessel, was built in 1918 by Hillyer, Sperring, Dunn Co., Jacksonville, Fla., under a Shipping Board contract; transferred to the Navy 1 October 1918; and commissioned the same day as a Naval Overseas Transportation Service vessel, Lieutenant Commander F. R. Hunt, USNRF, in command.
Baxley was fitted out to transport supplies and coal. She proceeded to Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a cargo of coal and was detained there for repairs. On 29 October 1918 she sailed for Portsmouth, N. H., and further repairs, but it was decided that she should return to Boston for demobilization. On 2 December 1918 Baxley was decommissioned at the Boston Navy Yard and returned to the Shipping Board.