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TEMPORARY AUXILIARY SHIPS
WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 102171:  Freighter San Francisco underway, prior to her World War I service as USS Saint Francis


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S.S. San Francisco (American Freighter, 1914).
Served as USS Saint Francis (ID # 1557) in 1918-1919

San Francisco, a 5102 gross ton steel freighter, was built at Londonderry, Ireland, in 1914. In June 1918 she was chartered for U.S. Navy service and placed in commission as USS Saint Francis (ID # 1557). During the remaining months of World War I she made two round-trip voyages to France and England. Following the end of the fighting, in early 1919, the ship steamed to Chile and then carried a cargo of sugar from Cuba to New York. USS Saint Francis was decommissioned in late April 1919 and returned to her owner.

This page features all available views concerning the steamship San Francisco, which served as USS Saint Francis (ID # 1557) during the World War I era.


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Photo #: NH 102171

San Francisco
(American Freighter, 1914)

Photographed prior to her World War I Naval Service.
Later renamed Saint Francis, this ship was acquired by the Navy on 19 June 1918 and commissioned on 25 June 1918 as USS Saint Francis (ID # 1557). She was returned to her owner on 28 April 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 96KB; 740 x 615 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105602

S.S. San Francisco
(American freighter, 1914)

Photographed circa 1917. This former British freighter was in commission as USS Saint Francis (ID # 1557) from June 1918 to April 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 69KB; 740 x 485 pixels

 


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