(AK-3: dp. 10,000 (n.); 1. 371'5"; b. 45'5"; dr. 23'6"; s. 13k;.cpl. 150.;a.4 3")
The first Newport News, a oargo ship built in 1904 by Flens" burg Shipbuilding Co., Flensburg, Germany, was taken over as Oder~wald by the U.S. Navy from the Hamburg-American Line in compliance with Executive Order dated 14 May 1917; renamed Newport News and commissioned 14 July 1917, Lt. Comdr. John Allison, USNRF, in command.
Newport News operated on transatlantic supply runs until assigned to NOTS 9 January 1918. Returning to Hampton Roads from Europe 2 February, she carried eoal to Boston before sailing from New York 24 March laden with military supplies for England, arriving Liverpool on the 22nd. After discharging her cargo at Liverpool, Dublin, and Queenstown, she got underway for the United States 18 May, arriving Philadelphia on the 31st.
In subsequent months, Newport News made three more voyages to European ports with mixed cargoes. Her last took her from New York to Gibraltar in April 1919. After unloading there, she took on food, clothing and other supplies and steamed to Constantinople to relieve famine and wide spread suffering in the Middle East. Returning to Norfolk via Gibraltar 27 June, Newport News was detached from NOT8.
The cargo ship departed Hampton Roads 12 July and steamed via the Panama Canal for the Pacific, arriving Mare Island 5 August. She operated on supply runs, primarily to
the Far East, until decommissioning at U.S. Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Wash. 1 August 1924. Struck from the Navy List the same day, Newport News was sold 4 April 1925 to John F. Blaine of Berkeley, Calif. for scrapping.