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WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 103076:  USS Nansemond with troops on board, 1919


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Nansemond (American Passenger-Cargo Ship). Formerly the German steamship Pennsylvania, 1896.
Served as USS Nansemond (ID # 1395) in 1919

Nansemond, 13,333 gross ton passenger-cargo ship, was built in 1896 at Belfast, Ireland, for civilian employment. Prior to World War I, she was the German steamship Pennsylvania. Interned in the United States during the first part of the conflict, she was seized when the U.S. entered the war. She was renamed Nansemond by the U.S. Shipping Board, and the Army Cargo and Transport Service used her until shortly after the fighting ended. Transferred to the Navy in January 1919, she was commissioned as USS Nansemond (ID # 1395) and made several voyages to and from Europe as a cargo carrier and troop transport. Nansemond was decommissioned in September 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board. The ship was scrapped in 1924.

This page features all available views concerning the passenger-cargo ship Nansemond (formerly the German steamer Pennsylvania of 1896) and USS Nansemond (ID # 1395).


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Photo #: NH 102051

Nansemond
(Passenger-Cargo Steamer, 1896)

Photographed circa 1917-1918, after installation of guns. The German steamship Pennsylvania was interned in the United States during the first part of World War I. She was seized when the U.S. entered the war in 1917 and renamed Nansemond by the U.S. Shipping Board. Used by the Army during 1917-18, she was commissioned on 20 January 1919 as USS Nansemond (ID # 1395). The ship was decommissioned on 16 September 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 485 pixels

 
Photo #: 19-N-14243

USS Nansemond
(ID # 1395)

Photographed with troops on board in 1919, probably while arriving in a U.S. East Coast port at the end of a voyage from Europe.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-N box 56.

 
Photo #: NH 103076

USS Nansemond
(ID # 1395)

Photographed with troops on board in 1919, probably while arriving in a U.S. East Coast port at the end of a voyage from Europe.
The original image is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 465 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104809

USS Nansemond
(ID # 1395)

In port in 1919, while employed transporting U.S. service personnel home from Europe.
Photographed by Holladay, Newport News, Virginia and printed on post card ("AZO") stock as one of a series of views entitled "The Ship (or, in this case "Boat") that Brought Us Home".

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 59KB; 740 x 485 pixels

 


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