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Photo # NH 63242:  USS Santa Olivia in 1919

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USS Santa Olivia (ID # 3125), 1918-1919

USS Santa Olivia, a 13,340-ton cargo ship, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1918 for civilian owners. Taken over by the Navy upon completion and commissioned in July 1918, she was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS). Prior to the World War I Armistice in November 1918, she made two round-trip voyages to Europe. Late in the year, Santa Olivia was reassigned to the Atlantic Fleet's Cruiser and Transport Force and converted to a troop transport. Between then and June 1919, she made four more round-trip voyages to Europe. USS Santa Olivia was decommissioned in July 1919 and returned to her owners. She had long subsequent civilian employment, under the names Santa Olivia, Kansan and Jackstar, and was not scrapped until 1955.

This page features, and provides links to, all the views that are available concerning USS Santa Olivia (ID # 3125).

For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Santa Olivia (ID # 3125) -- On Board and Close Up Views; and
  • USS Santa Olivia (ID # 3125) -- On Board and Close Up Views (Part II).


    Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

    Photo #: NH 100996

    USS Santa Olivia (ID # 3125)


    Photographed upon completion, circa July 1918. Location is probably the Cramp Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    She is painted with a disruptive camouflage pattern.

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

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 530 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105161

    USS Santa Olivia
    (ID # 3125)

    At anchor in 1918, while serving as a cargo ship with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service.
    She is wearing "dazzle" camouflage.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image size: 74KB; 740 x 570 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104639

    USS Santa Olivia
    (ID # 3125)

    At a mooring buoy, circa late 1918 or in 1919.
    Note the portholes in her hull sides, indicating that she has been converted to a troop transport. However, her badly worn paint appears to show traces of a 1918-era pattern camouflage scheme.
    The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 49KB; 740 x 470 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105109

    USS Santa Olivia
    (ID # 3125)

    In port, circa late 1918 or early 1919. Portholes in her sides indicate that she has been converted to a troop transport, but traces of her 1918-vintage "dazzle" camouflage are visible on her badly weathered hull.
    The original image is printed on postcard ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image size: 67KB; 460 x 765 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 63242

    USS Santa Olivia (ID # 3125)


    Photographed in 1919.

    Courtesy of the Caraway Company, Rutterford, N.J., 1936.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 520 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104640

    USS Santa Olivia
    (ID # 3125)

    In the canal at St. Nazaire, France, while serving as a troop transport in 1919.
    The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 73KB; 740 x 445 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 102992

    USS Santa Olivia
    (ID # 3125)

    In a French port, 1919. The barge L'Aiglon is in the foreground.
    The original photograph is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 95KB; 455 x 765 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104161

    USS Santa Olivia
    (ID # 3125), left center,
    and
    USS Philippines (ID # 1677), at right

    At the Army Dock, St. Nazaire, France, 1919.
    Note the truck in the foreground, and barge beyond.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 83KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 103581

    YMCA Postal Card for Returning Troops, 1919


    Reverse side of a card used by returning troops to report their arrival home from Europe. This example was sent on 9 July 1919, reporting the arrival of a New York serviceman in USS Santa Olivia (ID # 3125).
    The front side of this card is identical to that seen in Photo # NH 103458.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 485 pixels

     


    For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Santa Olivia (ID # 3125) -- On Board and Close Up Views; and
  • USS Santa Olivia (ID # 3125) -- On Board and Close Up Views (Part II).


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    Page made 3 February 2001
    New images added 19 December 2007