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WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 99438: USS Scranton in a harbor, probaby at New York, 1919

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USS Scranton (ID # 3511), 1918-1919.
Named Pennsylvanian during her initial service.
Originally, and later, S.S. Pennsylvanian (1913-1944)

USS Scranton, a 14,495-ton (displacement) cargo ship, was built at Sparrows Point, Maryland, in 1913 as the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company's 6655 gross ton freighter Pennsylvanian. She was taken over by the Navy at Brooklyn, New York, in mid-September 1918 and placed in commission as USS Pennsylvanian (ID # 3511). Her name was changed to Scranton about two months later. Her first Navy voyage, carrying general cargo to France, began at the end of September. Upon her return to New York in mid-November, Scranton was refitted to transport horses and made her second round-trip passage to France between mid-December 1918 and late January 1919. She was then converted to a troop transport. Over the next six months Scranton completed three trips to and from western France, bringing home about 6000 veterans of the First World War and other passengers.

Decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Shiping Board in mid-July 1919, the ship was soon returned to her owners, regained her original name, and had some two and a half decades of further commercial service. S.S. Pennsylvanian was scuttled in mid-1944 as part of the "Mulberry A" artificial harbor that supported the Normandy Invasion and the subsequent land campaign in northern France.

This page features, and provides links to, all the views that are available concerning USS Scranton (ID # 3511).

For other images concerning this ship, see:

  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- Ship's Officers and Crew;
  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- Actions and Activities; and
  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- On Board and Close Up Views.


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

    Photo #: NH 99438

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    In a harbor, circa spring 1919, probably at New York.
    She appears to be under tow.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 470 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99442

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    In dry dock, 1919, probably in the New York City area.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 65KB; 445x 765 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 106670

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    Halftone reproduction of a photograph showing the ship in port, 1919.
    This view was published circa 1919 by A.M. Simon, 324 E. 23rd Street, New York City, as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning USS Scranton.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2009.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 110KB; 900 x 595 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99448

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    In dry dock, 1919, probably in the New York City area.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 76KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99459

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    At Bassens, France, 1919.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 69KB; 740 x 440 pixels

     


    In addition to the views presented on this page, and those linked from it, the following photographs of other subjects were taken from on board USS Scranton, or were probably taken from her:

  • Photo # NH 99453 -- USS Graf Waldersee (ID # 4040) in port, 1919;
  • Photo # NH 99457 -- USS Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm (ID # 4063) being assisted by tugs, 1919;
  • Photo # NH 99454 -- USS Sierra (ID # 1634) in the Bay of Biscay, 1919;
  • Photo # NH 99456 -- USS Walter A. Luckenbach (ID # 3171) at New York, 1919;
  • Photo # NH 99468 (probably USS Housatonic or Roanoke) and Photo # NH 99469 (probably USS Ohioan) -- U.S. Navy troop transports at Bassens, France, in 1919.


    For other images concerning this ship, see:

  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- Ship's Officers and Crew;
  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- Actions and Activities; and
  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- On Board and Close Up Views.


    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 may 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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    New images added and page divided 19 December 2009