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WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 99510:  SS Shoshone in port, circa 1919


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S.S. Shoshone (Freighter, 1911).
Originally German Passenger-Cargo Steamer Wasgenwald.
Served as USS Shoshone (ID # 1760) in 1919

Shoshone, a 4707 gross ton freighter, was built in 1911 at Vegesack, Germany as the Hamburg-America Line passenger-cargo steamship Wasgenwald. She was seized when the United States entered World War I in April 1917, renamed and spent most of the war under charter to the U.S. Army. A few months after the November 1918 Armistice the ship was taken over by the Navy and, in February 1919, placed in commission as USS Shoshone (ID # 1760). From then until July 1919 she was employed as a transport, making two round trip voyages between the U.S. East Coast and western France as part of the effort to bring American service personnel home from the former combat zone. USS Shoshone was decommissioned in early August 1919 and returned to her owner. In about 1922, while in commercial service, she was renamed Manoa.

This page features all available views concerning the S.S. Shoshone, which served as USS Shoshone (ID # 1760) in 1919.


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Photo #: NH 99511

S.S. Shoshone
(American Freighter. Formerly the German Passenger-Cargo Steamer Wasgenwald, 1911)

In port, possibly when inspected by the Fifth Naval District in 1917.
This ship served as USS Shoshone (ID # 1760) in 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 58KB; 740 x 330 pixels

 
Photo #: None

S.S. Shoshone
(American Freighter. Formerly the German Passenger-Cargo Steamer Wasgenwald, 1911)

Photographed in port ca. early 1919.

Source: Shipscribe.

 
Photo #: NH 99510

S.S. Shoshone
(American Freighter. Formerly the German Passenger-Cargo Steamer Wasgenwald, 1911)

In port, possibly in the New York City area when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 18 February 1919.
From February to August 1919 this ship served as USS Shoshone (ID # 1760).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 67KB; 600 x 675 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105723

USS Shoshone
(ID # 1760)

Homeward-bound troops boarding the ship, 1919.
The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 470 pixels

 
Photo #: Unknown

USS Shoshone
(ID # 1760)

In the locks at Saint Nazaire, France, on 16 May 1919 departing for the U.S. with homeward bound Navy and Army servicemen including members of the 304th Ammunition Train.
The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. It also appears on page 71 of Ernest L. Loomis, History of the 304th Ammunition Train (Boston, 1920).

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2015.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

 


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