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Photo # NH 99924:  USS Santa Elisa in 1919

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USS Santa Elisa (ID # 4352), 1919-1919.
Originally, and later, S.S. Santa Elisa (American Passenger Liner, 1919). Later renamed Baranof

USS Santa Elisa, a 5281 gross ton transport, was built in 1919 at Camden, New Jersey, as the civilian passenger steamship Santa Elisa. Taken over by the Navy when completed in June 1919 and placed in commission at that time, between then and mid-September she made two round-trip voyages to bring home American service personnel from France. The ship was decommissioned in October 1919 and returned to her owners, W.R. Grace and Company. She had a long subsequent commercial career, both as S.S. Santa Elisa and, from 1936, as S.S. Baranof and was not scrapped until 1955.

This page features all available views concerning USS Santa Elisa (ID # 4352) and the civilian passenger liner Santa Elisa and Baranof.


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Photo #: NH 74065

S.S. Santa Elisa
(American Passenger Ship, 1919)

Underway during trials in 1919. She is flying the house flag of her builder, the New York Shipbuilding Company of Camden, New Jersey,
This steamer served as USS Santa Elisa from June to October 1919.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 490 pixels

 
Photo #: None

S.S. Santa Elisa
(American Passenger Ship, 1919)

Starting on her river trials on 12 June 1919. She is flying the house flag of her builder, the New York Shipbuilding Company of Camden, New Jersey,

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-UB box 10.

 
Photo #: NH 99924

USS Santa Elisa
(ID # 4352)

Photographed by La Tour, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, probably circa June-September 1919.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 110KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: None

S.S. Baranof
(American passenger vessel, 1919)

Photographed in Alaskan waters circa the late 1930s by Schallerer's of Ketchikan. Part of the Alaska Steamship Company's fleet, Baranof served various points along the coast including Yakutat where Second Lieutenant John W. Baum was serving in September 1940.

Courtesy of the daughter of Colonel John W. Baum, U.S. Army (1914-2000).

Source: Shipscribe

 
Photo #: 80-G-79580

S.S. Baranof
(American passenger vessel, 1919)

At Kodiak, Alaska, in 1942 while serving as a merchant ship allocated to the Army. She is painted in wartime grey but carries little or no armament.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G

 
Photo #: 80-G-79613

S.S. Baranof
(American passenger vessel, 1919)

At Kodiak, Alaska, on 25 February 1943 after being outfitted with radar, guns, and life rafts. She was serving as a merchant ship allocated to the Army.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G

 
Photo #: 80-G-79700

Bullwheel
(YO-46)

At Kodiak, Alaska on 4 May 1943.
The ship in the background is S.S. Baranof, which was USS Santa Elisa (ID # 4352) in 1919.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 80 KB; 900 x 730 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 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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