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WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 99878:  Steamship Cambridge undergoing repair, circa 1917


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S.S. Cambridge (American Coastal Passenger and Freight Steamship, 1890).
Formerly named Boston

Cambridge, a 1694 gross ton coastal steamer, was built at Glasgow, Scotland, in 1890. She had been previously been named Boston. In October 1917, while she was undergoing repairs, the ship was purchased by the U.S. Navy from the Boston & Yarmouth Steamship Company of Boston, Massachusetts. Though assigned the registry ID # 1651, she was soon determined to be unsuitable for World War I service. Cambridge was stricken from the Navy list at the beginning of March and in early July 1918 the Commandant of the Third Naval District recommended that she "be sold as early as practicable as value is likely to decrease instead of increase". She was finally sold in March 1919, without ever having been an active Navy ship.

This page features all available views concerning the steamship Cambridge, which was taken over by the Navy in 1917 but had no active service.


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Photo #: NH 99878

Cambridge
(American Coastal Passenger and Freight Steamship, 1890)

Undergoing repair, circa 1917.
Built at Glasgow, Scotland, in 1890 and formerly named Boston, this steamer was purchased by the Navy on 22 October 1917 and assigned the registry ID number 1651. Under repair at that time, she was later determined to be unsuitable for service and was stricken from the Navy list on 1 March 1918, without ever having been commissioned. She was sold on 4 March 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 105287

Cambridge
(American coastal passenger and freight steamship, 1890)

Possibly photographed around the time of her inspection by the Third Naval District in October 1917. The Navy purchased this ship and gave her the number ID-1651 but did not put her into service.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 66KB; 430 x 765 pixels

 


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