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WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 105501:  USS Dakotan arriving in a U.S. East Coast port with her decks crowded with troops, 1919


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S.S. Dakotan (American Freighter, 1912).
Served as USS Dakotan (ID # 3882) in 1919.
Became Soviet S.S. Zyrianin in 1942

Dakotan, a 6657 gross ton (14,375-tons displacement) freighter, was built in 1912 at Sparrows Point, Maryland. She operated commercially for the first six years of her long career, but in late January 1919 was acquired by the U.S. Navy and placed in commission as USS Dakotan (ID # 3882). She served as a troop transport while in Naval service, making five voyages to bring U.S. World War I veterans home from France. Dakotan was decommissioned at the end of July 1919 and returned to her owner, the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company.

Dakotan then returned to civilian employment, remaining part of the American-Hawaiian line until well into World War II. In December 1942 she was transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease program. Renamed Zyrianin, she was part of the Soviet merchant fleet for many decades and did not disappear from shipping registers until the early 1970s.

This page features all available views concerning the freighter Dakotan of 1912, USS Dakotan (ID # 3882) of 1919 and the Soviet S.S. Zyrianin.


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Photo #: 19-N-16436

S.S. Dakotan
(American Freighter, 1912)

Photographed before World War I.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-N box 56.

 
Photo #: NH 104742

S.S. Dakotan
(American Freighter, 1912)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken prior to World War I. This ship served as USS Dakotan (ID # 3882) in 1919.
This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 78KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105501

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Arriving in a U.S. East Coast port, probably New York, with her decks crowded troops en route home from France, 1919.
Two harbor tugs and two submarine chasers are also present. One of the latter is in the center foreground. The other, which appears to be USS SC-266, is beyond Dakotan's bow, in the left background.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 150KB; 900 x 695 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 91247

S.S. Zyrianin
(Soviet Freighter, 1912)

At San Francisco, California, during World War II, possibly circa 19 August 1943.
Originally the American merchantman Dakotan (1912-1942), this ship was USS Dakotan (ID # 3882) in 1919. She was transferred to the U.S.S.R. in 1942 and was listed in "Lloyd's Register" until the 1970-1971 edition.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 525 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 91246

S.S. Zyrianin
(Soviet Freighter, 1912)

At San Francisco, California, 19 August 1943, with a harbor tug alongside.
This ship was the American merchantman Dakotan from 1912 to 1942, and served as USS Dakotan (ID # 3882) in 1919. She was transferred to the U.S.S.R. under lend-lease in 1942 and was listed in "Lloyd's Register" until the 1970-1971 edition.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 76KB; 740 x 520 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104744

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken on the ship's foredeck, looking aft toward her bridge, 1919.
Note the cargo boom rest over the hatch, wooden hatch covers, winches, paravane on deck in the lower right, and kingposts mounting light cargo booms.
This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 105KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104743

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the ship's wheel house, 1919.
Note the engine order telegraph, binnacle, steering wheel and helmsman's grating.
This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 82KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104746

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the ship's officers' galley, 1919.
This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 100KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104750

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the ship's dispensary, 1919.
This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104751

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the ship's sick bay, 1919.
This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 67KB; 740 x 505 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104745

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in the ship's officers' ward room, 1919.
This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 90KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104747

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph of crews' quarters on board the ship, 1919.
Note the galley facilities co-located with this berthing area.
This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 107KB; 740 x 505 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104748

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in a troops' mess hall on board the ship, 1919.
This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 91KB; 740 x 515 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104749

USS Dakotan
(ID # 3882)

Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in a troops' berthing compartment on board the ship, 1919.
Note the wooden hatch covers and folding metal bunks. This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views concerning USS Dakotan.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 100KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 


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