From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Former name retained.
dr. 21' s. 9 k. cpl. 52 a. 1 x 4"
Clare (No. 2774), a collier, was built in 1915 by Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, Md.; transferred from the Shipping Board 19 September 1918; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander J. L. Blair, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Clare made two voyages from New York to France carrying general cargo and ammunition for the Army between 26 September and 11 February 1919. Returning to Philadelphia Clare discharged her cargo and removed her armament, then proceeded to New York 22 February 1919. She was placed out of commission there 24 February 1919 and transferred to the U.S. Shipping Board for return to her owner.