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Photo #  NH 65045-A:  SS Texan, photographed prior to World War I

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S.S. Texan (American Freighter, 1902).
Served in 1918-1919 as USS Texan (ID # 1354)

S.S. Texan, an 8615 gross ton freighter, was built at Camden, New Jersey, in 1902 for the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company. After nearly a decade and a half of merchant service, she was acquired by the U.S. Navy in March 1918 and placed in commission as USS Texan (ID # 1354). During the rest of World War I, and the first several months of the post-war era, she was employed as a cargo ship and troop transport. Decommissioned in August 1919, Texan soon resumed her commercial career. She remained active in the American-Hawaiian fleet until sunk off Cuba by the German submarine U-126 on 11 March 1942. Nine of her officers and crew were lost with her.

This page features, and provides links to, all the views that are available concerning the commercial freighter Texan, which was USS Texan (ID # 1354) in 1918-1919.

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  • USS Texan (ID # 1354), 1918-1919.

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    Photo #: NH 65045-A

    SS Texan
    (American Freighter, 1902)

    Photographed prior to World War I, with a building in the right background bearing the name of her owner, the American Hawaiian Steam Ship Company. The print carries her builder's stamp: New York Shipbuilding Corp., of Camden, New Jersey.
    This ship was acquired by the Navy on 18 March 1918 and commissioned on 23 March as USS Texan (ID # 1354). She was turned over to the United States Shipping Board on 22 August 1919.

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

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 84KB; 740 x 580 pixels

    Photo #: NH 105610

    S.S. Texan
    (American freighter, 1902)

    Photographed circa 1917. This ship was in commission as USS Texan (ID # 1354) from March 1918 to August 1919.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 82KB; 740 x 525 pixels


    For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Texan (ID # 1354), 1918-1919.


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  • Some images linked from this page may bear obsolete credit lines citing the organization name: "Naval Historical Center". Effective 1 December 2008 the name should be cited as: "Naval History and Heritage Command".

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    Page made 27 September 2003
    Text revised 26 December 2010