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Photo # NH 103286:  USS Paysandu in port, 1919

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USS Paysandu (ID # 3880), 1919-1919.
Previously S.S. Paysandu (Uruguayan Passenger-Cargo Ship. Originally the German S.S. Bahia of 1898)

USS Paysandu, a 9004-ton (displacement) transport, was built in 1898 at Hamburg, Germany, as the 4817 gross ton passenger-cargo ship Bahia of the Hamburg-South America line. When World War I made the high seas unsafe for German merchant ships, she took refuge at Montevideo, Uruguay, and was later seized by local authorities. Renamed Paysandu, she was transferred to the U.S. flag and given a U.S. Navy armed guard before leaving Montevideo in September 1918.

The ship was taken over by the U.S. Navy in late January 1919, while at New York, and placed in commission as USS Paysandu (ID # 3880). In late June 1919, following service transporting American servicemen home from Europe, she was decommissioned and turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board for return to her owner, the Government of Uruguay.

This page features all available views concerning USS Paysandu (ID # 3880) and the civilian freighter Paysandu.


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Photo #: NH 103477

Paysandu
(Uruguayan Passenger-Cargo Ship, formerly the German Bahia of 1898)

In port, possibly in the New York city area where she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 30 January 1919.
Acquired by the Navy on 29 January 1919, this steamer was placed in commission as USS Paysandu (ID # 3880). She was decommissioned on 29 July 1919 and returned to the U.S. Shipping Board.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 51KB; 595 x 675 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 103286

USS Paysandu
(ID # 3880)

In port during 1919, while serving as a troop transport.
The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 83KB; 740 x 475 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105162

USS Paysandu
(ID # 3880)

At anchor, 1919.
Note the five-masted schooner in the distance, beyond Paysandu's stern.
The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image size: 43KB; 740 x 425 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105163

USS Paysandu
(ID # 3880)

Photographed in 1919.
The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image size: 55KB; 740 x 475 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104123

USS Paysandu
(ID # 3880)

View looking aft from the ship's forecastle, 1919
The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 65KB; 430 x 765 pixels

 


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Page made 30 January 2006
New images added 16 December 2007