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Photo #  NH 104736:  USS Eten crowded with troops, 1919

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Eten (American Passenger Steamship, 1907).
Originally the German steamship Rhakotis.
Served as USS Eten (ID # 4041) in 1919

Rhakotis, a 6982 gross ton passenger steamship, was built at Hamburg, Germany, in 1907 and was taken over and renamed by the U.S. Shipping Board in 1917. She was acquired by the Navy from the Shipping Board at the beginning of May 1919 and placed in commission at that time as USS Eten (ID # 4041). Between late May and late July 1919 she was employed as a troop transport by the Cruiser and Transport Force, making two voyages to bring U.S. service personnel home from Europe. Decommissioned in mid-August 1919, Eten was then returned to the Shipping Board.

This page features all available views concerning the steamship Rhakotis and Eten (1907) and USS Eten (ID # 4041), which served in 1919.

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Photo #: NH 99173

(Passenger-Cargo Ship, 1907)

In port, probably circa the spring of 1919.
This ship, built in Germany and previously named Rhakotis, was taken over by the Navy and placed in commission on 1 May 1919 as USS Eten (ID # 4041). After use as a transport she was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 19 August 1919.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 57KB; 505 x 765 pixels

Photo #: NH 104736

USS Eten
(ID # 4041)

Crowded with troops, while engaged in bringing U.S. service personnel home from Europe, circa May-July 1919.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 73KB; 740 x 565 pixels

Photo #: NH 105899

USS Eten
(ID # 4041)

In port, 1919.
The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 78KB; 740 x 465 pixels



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