USS Bali (ID-2483)

USS Bali (ID-2483)

Bali (Dutch Freighter, 1917) photographed circa 1917-1918, with Dutch neutrality markings on her bow.
Career (USA)
Name: USS Bali
Namesake: One of the Sunda Islands, a subgroup of the Malay Archipelago now a part of Indonesia and formerly a part of the Netherlands East Indies
Owner: Stoomvaart Mattschappij Nederland
Port of registry: Netherlands
Builder: Rotterdam Droogd. Maat. at Rotterdam
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: in 1917
Acquired: 21 March 1918
Commissioned: as USS Bali (ID-2483) on 27 March 1918
Decommissioned: 30 May 1919
Struck: 30 May 1919
Captured: seized by customs officials at New York City under Proclamation 1436 of 20 March 1918 (40 Stat. 1761)
Fate: returned to her owner 30 May 1919; subsequently scrapped after being bombed by the Luftwaffe during World War II
General characteristics
Type: Freighter
Tonnage: 6694 gross tons
Displacement: 17,300 tons
Length: 420' 6"
Beam: 54' 8"
Draft: 29' 3"
Propulsion: Steam engine, single screw
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 77 officers and enlisted
Armament: 5-inch gun and a 6-pounder
Notes: Also known as SS Bali (Dutch registry) and SS Max Wolf (Greek registry)

USS Bali (ID 2483) was a large Dutch freighter seized in New York City by the U.S. Customs Service during World War I. She was assigned to the U.S. Navy and later the U.S. Army as a cargo ship to be used to carry military cargo to Allied forces in France. After a number of transatlantic voyages, she was returned to the Dutch government at war’s end. She subsequently remained busy transporting cargo until World War II, when she was wrecked by Luftwaffe bombers in the Mediterranean. Her remains were reclaimed and disposed of by scrapping in 1951.

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