From The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. I (1959), pp. 171
Buenaventura is a city in Colombia and Cuba.
(AK: T. 4881, l. 405'; b. 52'5"; dr. 25';
s. 10.5 k.; cpl. 93; a. 1 5")
Buena Ventura (No. 1335), a cargo vessel, was launched in 1913 by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Howden-on-Tyne, England, requisitioned by the Shipping Board for Army use; transferred to the Navy 25 July l9l8; commissioned 26 July 1918, Lieutenant Commander H. Fitzsimons, USNRF, in command; and reported to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service.
On 9 August 1918 she sailed for New York to join a convoy departing on the 13th. On 14 September, after unloading her cargo at LaPallice, Royan, and Bordeaux, France, she sailed in a convoy bound for Philadelphia. Two days out of port the convoy was attacked by the German submarine U-46 and Buena Ventura was hit by two torpedoes at 2045. She was abandoned and sank a few minutes later with the loss of 19 men.