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Photo # NH 99420: Panoramic photograph of USS Santa Malta, 1919

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USS Santa Malta (ID # 3125-A), 1919-1919
Originally, and later, S.S. Santa Malta (American Freighter, 1919). Later renamed Hawaiian and Fortune

USS Santa Malta, a 6421 gross ton troop transport and cargo ship, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1918-19 for civilian owners. She was taken over by the U.S. Shipping Board upon completion and transferred to the Navy, which placed her in commission in May 1919. Between then and August 1919, she made three voyages to and from France, bringing U.S. service personnel home after World War I service. Subsequently, the ship carried cargo from New York City to Panama, calling at New Orleans while en route. USS Santa Malta was decommissioned in November 1919, soon after returning from Panama. Later returned to her owner by the Shipping Board, she entered merchant service. She was renamed Hawaiian in 1925, became the Panamanian registry (with an Italian owner) freighter Fortune in 1949, and was scrapped at Spezia, Italy in 1958.

This page features all available views concerning USS Santa Malta (ID # 3125-A) and the civilian S.S. Santa Malta, Hawaiian and Fortune.


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Photo #: NH 99420

USS Santa Malta
(ID # 3125-A)

Halftone reproduction of a panoramic photograph of the ship crowded with troops in 1919, while she was bringing American servicemen home from France.

Collection of Alvie Dawkins. Courtesy of Roger Dawkins, 2004.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 40KB; 740 x 270 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 106038

USS Santa Malta
(ID # 3125-A)

Photographed from on board USS Alaskan (ID # 4542) at St. Nazaire, France, 1919.
The view looks aft from Alaskan's midships superstructure, with her after starboard lifeboats in the center foreground. Note the homeward-bound troops on her deck.
The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 108KB; 740 x 485 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99419

USS Santa Malta
(ID # 3125-A)

Panoramic photograph of the ship with troops on deck, while she was transporting World War I veterans home from France in 1919.

Collection of Alvie Dawkins. Donation of Roger Dawkins, 2004.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 96KB; 1200 x 275 pixels

Note:
An unknown amount of the left side of the original print is missing, and the remainder is broken into seven fragments, the middle pairs of which are still loosely attached together. All seven have been pieced together to produce this image, with the gap in center resulting from scanning the print in two sections.

 
Photo #: NH 97837

USS Santa Malta (ID # 3125-A)


Panoramic photograph of the ship's officers and crew, 1919.
Photographed by Hughes and Estabrook, New York City.

Donation of Mrs. Marc Galyean, 1991, from the collection of Robert P. Simmons.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 134KB; 1200 x 370 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105653

S.S. Fortune
(Italian Freighter, 1919)

Shown between 1949 and 1958.
This ship served as the troop transport USS Santa Malta (ID # 3125) from May to November 1919.

Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 485 pixels

 
Photo #: None

S.S. Fortune
(Italian Freighter, 1919)

Shown between 1949 and 1958.
This ship served as the troop transport USS Santa Malta (ID # 3125-A) from May to November 1919.
She is shown here under Italian ownership (Rizzuto Bros.) and Panamanian registry.

Source: Shipscribe.

 


NOTES:

  • To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.

  • Some images linked from this page bear obsolete credit lines citing the organization name: "Naval Historical Center". Effective 1 December 2008 the name should be cited as: "Naval History and Heritage Command".


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