Liberty II Str


Liberty II
(Str: t. 4,809, 1. 411'6", b. 55': dr. 26'6"; s. 11 k.: cpl.
70.; a. 1 6", 1 3" )

Liberty, an animal transport, was launched 19 June 1918 by Federal Shipbuilding Co., Hackensack, N.J.; acquired by the Navy 7 October 1918 and commissioned the same day, Lt. Comdr. Charles Longbottom, I SNRF, in command.

Assigned to NOTS, Liberty departed New York 24 October 1918, arriving Brest with her cargo of horses 8 November. For the next 6 months, Liberty p made two additional cruises from New York to France discharging both animal and general cargo at French ports. Loaded w th 436 tons of Army cargo and 2,072 tons of steel rails, Liberty arrived Newport News, Va., 30 April 1919 from her final cruise. She decommissioned there 7 May and was returned to the USSB the same day.