So we decided to go work on the mosaic project instead:
The USS Absaroka was originally a steamer in the service of the US Navy - named after the Absaroka Range of mountains in Montana and Wyoming (which I am just learning is named after the Absaroka Indians). The ship was built in 1917 and between Oct 1918 - Feb 1919, the Absaroka made two transatlantic voyages carrying Army cargo to ports in France, England, and the Netherlands. During this 2nd trip, the ship rescued the captain and crew of the disabled British steamer "War Marvel" and landed them safely back in England. Woohoo..!!!
On Feb 12, 1919, the Absaroka arrived in New York City and was drydocked for overhaul. It was later decommissioned that March and returned the United States Shipping Board. At the beginning of WWII, the ship was owned by the McCormick Steamship Company as a lumber carrier. The Absaroka was torpedoed and damaged by the I-19 Japanese torpedo off Point Fermin, and beached off Fort MacArthur. Point Fermin is only about 8 miles away from our apartment! We will need to go check it out one day.