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WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 102943:  USS Santa Teresa in a U.S. East Coast port, 1919

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USS Santa Teresa (ID # 3804), 1918-1919.
Served as USS Kent (AP-28), 1941-1942,
and as the U.S. Army Transport and U.S. Army Hospital Ship Ernest Hinds

USS Santa Teresa, an 8890-ton transport, was built in 1918 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the civilian passenger liner of the same name. Taken over by the Navy for World War I use, she was commissioned in mid-November 1918, a week after the Armistice ended the fighting. Between December 1918 and September 1919 Santa Teresa made seven round-trip voyages between the United States and France, primarily bringing home war veterans. The ship was decommissioned in October 1919 and turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board for return to her owners. During the next two decades she operated commercially as SS Santa Teresa and, after 1936, as SS Kent.

SS Kent was purchased by the U.S. Army in April 1941 and renamed Ernest Hinds. Converted to a troopship, she had brief Army service before being transferred to the Navy in July 1941. Renamed USS Kent (AP-28), she carried passengers and cargo along the U.S. East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico area until March 1942, when she was returned to the Army. Her subsequent history is covered under Ernest Hinds (U.S. Army Transport and Hospital Ship, 1941, 1942-1946.

This page features, and provides links to, all the views that are available concerning USS Santa Teresa (ID # 3804) and of USS Kent (AP-28).

For additional images related to this ship during her World War I era service, see:

  • USS Santa Teresa (ID # 3804) -- On Board and Close Up Views.

    For images of this ship while she was in U.S. Army service, see:

  • Ernest Hinds (U.S. Army Transport and Hospital Ship, 1941, 1942-1946).


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

    Photo #: NH 65089-A

    USS Santa Teresa
    (ID # 3804)

    Fitting out at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 18 November 1918, the day she was commissioned.
    Santa Teresa was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board on 7 October 1919 and became the mercantile Kent in 1936. During 1941-1946 she was USS Kent (AP-28) and the U.S. Army Transport (and Hospital Ship) Ernest Hinds.
    The small ferry steamer Tinicum is at right. A destroyer in visible behind Santa Teresa.

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

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 111KB; 740 x 605 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 103080

    USS Santa Teresa
    (ID # 3804)

    At anchor in 1919. She appears to be in the process of repainting.
    The original image is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 102943

    USS Santa Teresa
    (ID # 3804)

    In a U.S. East Coast port, 1919.
    The original photograph is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105864

    USS Santa Teresa
    (ID # 3804)

    Underway, probably in New York Harbor, while bringing troops home from Europe in 1919.
    Photographed by J.W. Allison, New York.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 137KB; 900 x 525 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105865

    USS Santa Teresa
    (ID # 3804)

    Arriving at New York on 4 September 1919, bringing home troops of the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division.
    Panoramic photograph, taken by Head-Mayberry, 488 7th Avenue, New York.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 217KB; 2000 x 495 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 103081

    USS Santa Teresa
    (ID # 3804)

    In port, 1919.
    Photographed by The Louvre Photo Studios, Seymour Building, 503 Fifth Avenue, New York City.
    The original image is printed on postal card stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 51KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 90568

    USS Kent (AP-28)


    Underway, circa 1941-1942.

    Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1980.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 57KB; 740 x 445 pixels

     

    For additional images related to this ship during her World War I era service, see:

  • USS Santa Teresa (ID # 3804) -- On Board and Close Up Views.

    For images of this ship while she was in U.S. Army service, see:

  • Ernest Hinds (U.S. Army Transport and Hospital Ship, 1941, 1942-1946).


    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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    Page made 31 August 2003
    New images added 8 January 2009