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Photo #  NH 102340:  SS Theodore Roosevelt crowded with passengers during a pre-World War I excursion on Lake Michigan


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Theodore Roosevelt (American Great Lakes Passenger Steamship, 1906).
Served as USS Theodore Roosevelt (ID # 1478) in 1918-1919

Theodore Roosevelt, a 1955 gross ton passenger steamship, was built at Toledo, Ohio, in 1906. After some twelve years of commercial employment carrying passengers and cargo on southern Lake Michigan, she was purchased by the Navy in the spring of 1918 and converted to a troopship at a Great Lakes shipyard. USS Theodore Roosevelt (ID # 1478) apparently left the Lakes late in 1918 and was assigned to duty as a "cross channel transport", presumably operating between England and France.

Sold at the beginning of July 1919, Theodore Roosevelt reentered Great Lakes passenger service on Lake Erie, where she operated until 1926. She was then modified and went back to Lake Michigan, but was also used in the Detroit area and perhaps elsewhere during the next two decades. Laid up in about 1945, Theodore Roosevelt was sold for scrapping in 1950.

This page features all available views concerning the steamship Theodore Roosevelt, which was USS Theodore Roosevelt (ID # 1478) in 1918-1919.


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Photo #: NH 102340

Theodore Roosevelt
(American Great Lakes Passenger Steamer, 1906)

Crowded with passengers during a pre-World War I excursion on Lake Michigan. Photographed by George Leusch.
This ship was ordered taken over on 6 April 1918 for conversion at a Great Lakes shipyard for troop carrying purposes. Commissioned as USS Theodore Roosevelt (ID # 1478), she was sold by the Ninth Naval District on 1 July 1919 to the Cleveland Steamship Company.

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

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 92KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 95825

Theodore Roosevelt
(American Great Lakes Passenger Steamship, 1906)

Tied up in a Great Lakes port, prior to World War I.
This ship was USS Theodore Roosevelt (ID # 1478) in 1918-1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 67KB; 740 x 415 pixels

 


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