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WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 796:  USS Cape May off Sparrows Point, Maryland, 8 November 1918

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USS Cape May (ID # 3520), 1918-1919
Originally, and later, S.S. Cape May (American Freighter, 1918)

Cape May, a 6867 gross ton (14,495-tons displacement) freighter, was built in 1918 at Sparrows Point, Maryland, for the United States Shipping Board. Upon completion she was transferred to the Navy and placed in commission as USS Cape May (ID # 3520) in October 1918, a few weeks before the Armistice ended the First World War's fighting. The ship made one round-trip voyage between the East Coast and France between November 1918 and January 1919. Upon arrival back in the U.S., she was converted to a troop transport and made two more trips bringing American veterans home from the former European war zone. USS Cape May was decommissioned in late August 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board. Later operated by the Matson Navigation Company under the name Maliko, the ship was sold to a Hong Kong firm in 1947 and renamed Shahin.

This page features all available views concerning USS Cape May (ID # 3520) and the merchant steamship of that name. .


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Photo #: NH 796

USS Cape May
(ID # 3520)

Off the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company shipyard, Sparrows Point, Maryland, on 8 November 1918.
Note her pattern camouflage scheme.

This photograph was received from the U.S. Shipping Board in 1929.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 59KB; 740 x 615 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 103560

USS Cape May
(ID # 3520)

Arriving at the Bush Terminal, Brooklyn, New York, with troops on board, after a voyage from France in 1919.
The harbor passenger steamer Ursula is in the foreground.
Probably photographed from on board USS Santa Paula (ID # 1590).

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 73KB; 740 x 450 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 103561

USS Cape May
(ID # 3520)

Arriving at the Bush Terminal, Brooklyn, New York, with troops on board, after a voyage from France in 1919.
The harbor passenger steamer Ursula is in the foreground.
Probably photographed from on board USS Santa Paula (ID # 1590).

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 55KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105909

S.S. Cape May
(American freighter, 1918)

In merchant service between 1919 and 1926.
This ship served as USS Cape May from October 1918 to August 1919.

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

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 57KB; 740 x 495 pixels

 


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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