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WORLD WAR I

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USS St. Paul (1898, 1918-19, ID # 1643)

USS St. Paul, a 14,910-ton auxiliary cruiser, was built in 1895 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a commercial passenger liner. Chartered by the Navy in April 1898, she served in the West Indies as an auxiliary cruiser during the Spanish-American War. Later in the conflict, she was employed as a transport, and was returned to her owner in September 1898.

After nearly two more decades as a passenger steamer, the Navy reacquired St. Paul during World War I, under the designation ID # 1643. However, on 28 April 1918, while under conversion at New York, she capsized in the North River. Though salvaged some months later, she was not repaired during the war and was again returned to her owner in March 1919. St. Paul was scrapped in 1923.

This page features, or provides links to, all available views concerning USS St. Paul (1898) and USS St. Paul (ID # 1643), 1918-1919.


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Photo #: NH 105613

S.S. St. Paul
(American passenger liner, 1895)

Probably photographed during sea trials in 1895.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

 
Photo #: NH 1591-A

S.S. St. Paul
(American passenger liner, 1895)

Photographed during sea trials in 1895 by her builder, the Wm. Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

 
Photo #: NH 43201

S.S. St. Paul
(American passenger liner, 1895)

Photographed outward bound for England circa 1895.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

 
Photo #: NH 59924

USS St. Paul (1898)


Photographed at the end of the Spanish-American War.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

 
Photo #: None

USS St. Paul (ID # 1643)


Photographed after capsizing at a pier at New York on 25 April 1918 during conversion. She was raised but saw no World War I service.

Source: Navsource.

 


The following image was taken on board USS St. Paul during her 1898 Naval service:

Photo #: NH 89086

USS St. Paul (1898)


View looking aft on her forecastle, following conversion to an auxiliary cruiser, 1898. Note 5-inch guns, capstans, winch and other deck gear. The original photograph was taken by C.H. Graves and published on a stereograph card.

Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC, 1979.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 79,492 bytes; 590 x 680 pixels

A stereo pair version of this image is available as Photo # NH 89086-A

Online Image of stereo pair: 52,108 bytes; 675 x 350 pixels

 


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