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Photo # NH 84664:  USS Cap Finisterre returning troops to the U.S. from Europe, 1919

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USS Cap Finisterre (ID # 4051), 1919-1919.
Originally S.S. Cap Finisterre (German Passenger Liner, 1911). Later S.S. Taiyo Maru (Japanese Passenger Liner, 1920-1942)

USS Cap Finisterre, a 14,503 gross ton troop transport, was built at Hamburg, Germany, in 1911 as the Hamburg Sud Amerika company passenger liner of the same name. She spent the First World War in Germany and was transferred to the United States under the terms of the Armistice agreement. Placed in commission by the U.S. Navy in April 1919 she made four voyages between Brest, France, and New York, carrying war veterans home to the United States and occupation troops to Europe. Cap Finisterre completed her final trip in mid-August 1919 and then spent several months at the New York Navy Yard. Decommissioned in late November 1919, she was turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board at that time.

In 1920, Cap Finisterre was transferred to Japan as part of the German war reparations owed to that nation. Renamed Taiyo Maru, she was operated for more than two decades by a variety of shipping lines. On 8 May 1942, while serving as a transport for the Japanese Army, S.S. Taiyo Maru was torpedoed and sunk by USS Grenadier (SS-210).

This page features all available views concerning USS Cap Finisterre (ID # 4051) and the S.S. Cap Finisterre and Taiyo Maru.

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S.S. Cap Finisterre (German passenger vessel, 1911)

Shown in prewar German service on a post card mailed to Argentina from Boulogne-sur-Mer on 3 November 1913.

Source: Shipscribe.

Photo #: NH 84664

USS Cap Finisterre (ID # 4051)

With her topsides crowded with troops returning to the U.S. from Europe, 1919.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1976.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 60KB; 740 x 520 pixels

Photo #: NH 107061

USS Cap Finisterre
(ID # 4051)

In port, 1919.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 115KB; 900 x 650 pixels



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