Atlantic, Gulf and West Indies Steamship Lines - $1,000 Specimen BondInv# SE3107 Specimen Bond
$1,000 5% Specimen Gold Bond printed by International Bank Note Co., N. Y. 2 full pages of coupons remain. Not too much relating to this company.
SS Ozama was built as a commercial cargo ship by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company at Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1916. The U.S. Navy acquired her from the Atlantic, Gulf, and West Indies Steamship Line on 24 December 1917 for World War I service and commissioned her the same day as USS Ozama with Lieutenant Commander P. E. Crosby, USNRF, in command. Unlike many of the former merchant ships the Navy acquired in 1917 and 1918 for use in the war, Ozama did not receive a Navy identification number (Id. No.).
Fitted out at Norfolk, Virginia, as a naval mine carrier, Ozama cleared Hampton Roads, Virginia, for Scotland early in 1918. On 15 February 1918, she arrived in the Firth of Clyde with a cargo of nava; minelaying equipment to be used on the North Sea Mine Barrage.
On 3 April 1918, Ozama she returned to Norfolk and for the remainder of the war continued to ply the Atlantic Ocean to keep naval mine bases in Scotland supplied with their specialized equipment.
Ozama returned to Norfolk for the last time in her naval career on 28 January 1919. On 13 February 1919 she was decommissioned and returned to the Atlantic, Gulf, and West Indies Steamship Line.
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