Who worked in the galley of the S.S. Norlina?

You figured it out, right? You figured out I know the answer? You’re right!!!!!

If you check the our website’s voluminous section on “The Ships” you’ll find a brief history on the S.S. Norlina.

She started off as the British S.S. Harfleur. She was transferred to American registry and renamed Georgiana in 1915. In the following year she changed American owners and became Norlina. On 4 June 1917 S.S. Norlina fought off an attack by a German U-boat, reportedly U-88.

She was commissioned in the U.S. Navy at Baltimore, Maryland, in early May 1918 as USS Norlina (ID # 1597). After loading a shipment of Army supplies at Baltimore, she bunkered at Norfolk and then joined a transatlantic convoy at New York in late May. The ship unloaded her cargo at Le Havre in June and returned to Baltimore in July. Between August and December she carried out two similar voyages, delivering Army supplies to Bordeaux and Nantes, France. In late December 1918 Norlina sailed from Norfolk for Chile with a cargo of coal. In Chile the ship exchanged the coal for a load of nitrates and copper ore, which she delivered at Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia in March and April 1919. USS Norlina (ID # 1597) was decommissioned in May 1919 and delivered to the U.S. Shipping Board for simultaneous return to her owners, the Garland Steamship Norlina was a 4,596 gross ton freighter. She was built in West Hartlepool, England in 1909 as Company of New York City.

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In August 1926 S.S. Norlina was wrecked off Salt Point, near Gualala, California, where her remains are now an attraction for divers.

Now comes the goodest part. I received this e-mail, “Tony, FYI- this surfaced last week (4/7/2017) from a cousin in Oregon.  It is George Christian’s “certification and discharge book” from the Pacific Steamship Association/Shipowners’ Assn of the Pacific.  It shows his assignment to the Norlina’s galley where he served 5 months.   – Jon Christian”

George Christian’s “certification and discharge book”

George Christian’s “certification and discharge book”

What a neat piece of local history. Thank you Jon.