[Daily article] September 13: SS Montanan

SS Montanan was a cargo ship operated by the American-Hawaiian Steamship
Company. Built in 1912 by the Maryland Steel Company as one of eight
sister ships, the freighter was employed in inter-coastal service, first
via the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and then the Panama Canal, after it
opened in 1914. The ship was 6,649 gross register tons (GRT), 428 ft
9 in (130.68 m) in length and 53 ft 7 in (16.33 m) abeam. Used by
the United States Army Transport Service during World War I, USAT
Montanan carried cargo and animals to France, and sailed in the first
American convoy to France after the United States entered the war in
April 1917. During another eastbound convoy in August 1918, Montanan was
torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-90 some 500 nautical miles
(900 km) west of Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France. Of the 86 men aboard the
ship, 81 were rescued by a convoy escort. The other five were killed,
including two of the ship’s Naval Armed Guardsmen, drowned when their
lifeboat capsized in the heavy seas.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


A Portuguese expeditionary force led by Henry the Navigator
began an ultimately unsuccessful siege of Tangiers.


After three years of exile, John Calvin returned to Geneva to
reform the church under a body of doctrine that came to be known as


An explosion drove an iron rod through the head of railroad
foreman Phineas Gage, making him an important early case of personality
change after brain injury.


South Vietnamese Generals Lam Van Phat and Duong Van Duc staged
a coup attempt after junta leader Nguyen Khanh demoted them.


Kimveer Gill shot 19 people for unknown reasons, killing one,
at Dawson College in Montreal.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. The desire for wealth personified as an evil spirit or a malign
2. Often mammon: wealth, material avarice, profit.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The life of reality is confused, disorderly, almost always without
apparent purpose, whereas in the artist’s imaginative life there is
purpose. There is determination to give the tale, the song, the
painting, form — to make it true and real to the theme, not to life.
Often the better the job is done, the greater the confusion. … The
confusion arises out of the fact that others besides practicing artists
have imaginations. But most people are afraid to trust their
imaginations and the artist is not.  
–Sherwood Anderson

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