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WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 101399:  USS City of South Haven in drydock, circa November 1918

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USS City of South Haven (ID # 2527), 1918-1919.
Originally the civilian steamship City of South Haven (1903)

USS City of South Haven, a 1719 gross ton coastal troop transport, was built at Toledo, Ohio, in 1903 as the passenger steamship of the same name. She operated commercially on the Great Lakes, primarily on southern Lake Michigan, for the next fifteen years. In April 1918 the ship was purchased by the Navy and sent to Chicago, Illinois, for conversion work. Commissioned in November 1918, two days before the Armistice ended the First World War fighting, City of South Haven left the lakes later in the month and went to Boston, Massachusetts, to prepare for service in European waters. However, this requirement soon evaporated and she remained in the U.S.

Sold in December 1919, her new owners renamed her City of Miami and operated her between Florida and Cuba. The steamer returned to the Great Lakes in 1923. Under the name E.G. Crosby, she was employed on Lake Michigan until laid up in 1931. While idle at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, she suffered massive fire damage in December 1935 and was subsequently scrapped.

This page features all available viewss concerning USS City of South Haven (ID # 2527) and the civilian steamship of the same name.


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Photo #: None

SS City of South Haven
(American Passenger Steamship, 1903)

Probably photographed early in her career on the Great Lakes.

Source: Shipscribe.

 
Photo #: NH 101400

SS City of South Haven
(American Passenger Steamship, 1903)

Underway prior to World War I, with her decks crowded with passengers.
Photographed by Hanselman, Manistee, Michigan.
This Great Lakes steamer was USS City of South Haven (ID # 2527) in 1918-1919.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 87KB; 740 x 525 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105241

S.S. City of South Haven
(American Passenger Steamship, 1903)

Photographed before her acquisition by the Navy in April 1918 and her conversion for Navy use at Chicago. She was in commission on the Great Lakes as USS City of South Haven (ID # 2527) from 2 November 1918 to 23 July 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 66KB; 740 x 385 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 101399

USS City of South Haven
(ID # 2527)

In drydock, painted in pattern camouflage, circa November 1918.
Built at Toledo, Ohio, in 1903, the Great Lakes passenger steamer City of South Haven was acquired by the Navy on 19 April 1918 and commissioned on 2 November of that year. She was stricken from the Navy list on 27 September 1919 and sold on 30 October 1919. She later became the civilian steamer City of Miami.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 83KB; 740 x 450 pixels

 


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