USS Culgoa (AF-3)
Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1320-0406-2;
USS Culgoa (AF-3) was a refrigerated supply ship in the United States Navy. Culgoa was built in 1889 by J.L. Thompson and Sons, Ltd. of Sunderland, England and purchased at Cavite, Philippines on 4 June 1898. During the naval blockade of Manila, the vessel supplied the American squadron with ice and meat. Since she was not a commissioned naval vessel, Culgoa could purchase supplies while avoiding the neutrality laws that banned sales to the Navy. On 3 December 1898, one week before the Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War was to be signed, Culgoa was commissioned with Lieutenant Commander James William Carlin in command. Assigned to the Asiatic Squadron as a refrigerator supply ship, Culgoa sailed out of Cavite Navy Yard supplying ships and troops at Manila with ice and meat until August 1899. Overhauled at Hong Kong between 20 October and 18 November 1899, Culgoa returned to supply duties, making three voyages to Sydney and...
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