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USS Ancon (ID-1467) was a screw steamship in the United States Navy. As SS Ancon, she was the first ship to sail through the Panama Canalmarker.[668040]

Ancon was built in 1902 at Sparrows Point, Marylandmarker, by the Maryland Steel Company as the SS Shawmut. About 1910 she was purchased and renamed SS Ancon, by the Panama Railroad Companymarker for the construction of the Panama Canalmarker. Named after Ancon Hillmarker, home to the head of the Canal Commission, the ship was the first to officially transit the canal in 1914, just before the outbreak of World War I. She was acquired by the Navy from the United States Army at New Orleansmarker on 16 November 1918, five days after the armistice ended World War I. The ship was outfitted as a troop transport and commissioned on 28 March 1919, Lt. Comdr. Milan L. Pittman, USNRF, in command.

Ancon's brief Navy career lasted just four months. Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet's Cruiser and Transport Force, she made two round-trip voyages from the United States to Francemarker to bring American servicemen back home. Following her second voyage, she was decommissioned at New York Citymarker on 25 July 1919 and was returned to the War Department.

See USS Ancon for other ships of this name.


  1. Lloyd's Register, 1906, 1914

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