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UNITED STATES NAVY
TEMPORARY AUXILIARY SHIPS
WORLD WAR I

Photo # 19-N-1114:  USS Panaman underway, circa 1919

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USS Panaman (ID # 3299), 1918-1919.
Originally and later the civilian freighter Panaman (1913)

Panaman, a 6655 gross ton freighter, was built in 1913 at Sparrows Point, Maryland, for the American Hawaiian Steamship Company. She was taken over by the Navy for World War I service in August 1918 and placed in commission in mid-month as USS Panaman (ID # 3299). Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, she took cargo to France in a round-trip voyage during September and October. Upon returning to the U.S. she was refitted to carry large numbers of horses, and made a second trip to and from France in October and November. Panaman then began conversion to a troop transport. Reassigned in December to the Cruiser and Transport Force, the ship brought nearly eleven-thousand war veterans home from Europe during the first eight months of 1919. USS Panaman was decommissioned in September 1919 and returned to her owner. As S.S. Panaman she had a subsequent commercial career that lasted through World War II. In July 1947 the old ship was sold to the Italian Government.

This page features, and provides links to, all the views that are available concerning USS Panaman (ID # 3299) and the civilian freighter Panaman of 1913.

For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Panaman (ID # 3299) -- On Board and Close-Up Views.


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    Photo #: NH 65125

    S.S. Panaman
    (American Freighter, 1913)

    Off Baltimore, Maryland, probably when first completed in 1913.
    This ship served as USS Panaman (ID # 3299) in 1918-1919.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 490 pixels

     
    Photo #: 19-N-1114

    USS Panaman
    (ID # 3299)

    At anchor, circa 1918, while wearing pattern camouflage.

    Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

    Online Image: 83KB; 740 x 615 pixels

    Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

     
    Photo #: NH 103942

    USS Panaman
    (ID # 3299)

    Halftone reproduction of a photograph showing the ship in port in 1919, while she was serving as a troop transport. Location is probably Hoboken, New Jersey. Ship in the background, partially visible on the opposite side of the pier, is USS Agamemnon (ID # 3004).
    This image was published in 1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board Panaman.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 59KB; 740 x 505 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 106233

    USS Panaman
    (ID # 3299)

    Alongside the American Bassens wharf, Bordeaux, France, while embarking homeward-bound troops, 10 April 1919.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 490 pixels

     


    For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Panaman (ID # 3299) -- On Board and Close-Up Views.


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    Page made 30 October 2004
    New images added and page divided 30 November 2008