From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Celebes, the English name given to the island
of Sulawesi, Republic of Indonesia
AK: t. 5,875 l. 394' b. 51'6"
dr. 25'11" s. 10 k. cpl. 62
Celebes (No. 2680), a cargo vessel, was launched in 1907 by Furness, Withy Company, Limited, West Hartlepool, England; seized by Customs officials at Newport News, Va., under the Presidential Proclamation of 20 March 1918; transferred from the Shipping Board the following day; and commissioned 6 April 1918, Lieutenant Commander O. E. May, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation
Service, Celebes made four transatlantic voyages from New York
calling at St. Nazaire, Verdon, and La Pallice, France, between 2 May
1918 and 15 February 1919. After providing this supply support to the
American Expeditionary Force, she sailed from New York 15 March for
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here she was turned over to the Shipping
Board 2 May 1919 for transfer to her Dutch owners.
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Date: 14 Mar 1999