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WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 105782:  USS President Grant in 1919

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USS President Grant (ID # 3014), 1917-1919.
Later USS Republic (AP-33), 1941-1945

S.S. President Grant, a 18,072 gross ton passenger liner, was built in 1907 at Belfast, Ireland, for the Hamburg-Amerika Linie. She shared a distinctive split-superstructure and six-mast configuration with her sister ship, the President Lincoln. After seven years of commercial operation, she took refuge at New York when the August 1914 outbreak of World War I made the high seas unsafe for German merchant ships, and remained inactive until the United States entered the conflict in April 1917. Seized at that time by the U.S. Government, she was turned over to the Navy and, in early August 1917, placed in commission as the transport President Grant (later given registry ID # 3014). During the rest of the First World War, she made eight round-trips across the Atlantic, transporting nearly 40,000 passengers (mainly U.S. troops) to the European war zone. Following the 11 November 1918 Armistice, President Grant brought home over 37,000 war veterans and other persons in the course of another eight round-trip voyages. She was decommissioned in October 1919 and transferred to the U.S. Army.

In 1920-1921 the ship served briefly as an Army transport, and in 1921 was returned to the U.S. Shipping Board and laid up. She was renamed President Buchanan in 1922 or 1923, then renamed Republic and rebuilt with an enlarged superstructure and oil-fired boilers. During the later 1920s and early 1930s the United States Lines operated her commercially. Republic resumed Army service in 1931, served as USS Republic (AP-33) in 1941-1945 and was again an Army ship in 1945-1946.

This page features, and provides links to, all the the views that are available concerning USS President Grant (ID # 3014), which later became USS Republic (AP-33).

For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS President Grant (ID # 3014) -- On Board and Close Up Views; and
  • USS Republic (AP-33), 1941-1945. Previously USAT Republic. Later USAHS & USAT Republic.


    Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

    Photo #: None

    S.S. President Grant
    (German passenger vessel, 1907)

    A publicity drawing of the ship in German prewar service.

    Source: Shipscribe.

     
    Photo #: NH 41733

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    At New York City, probably on 20 June 1918, after being painted in pattern camouflage.
    Photographed by the New York Navy Yard.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 71KB; 610 x 765 pixels

     
    Photo #: 19-N-1505

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    Photographed by the New York Navy Yard on 20 June 1918 after being painted in pattern camouflage.

    Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-N box 56.

     
    Photo #: NH 41747

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    At New York City, probably on 20 June 1918, after being painted in pattern camouflage.
    Photographed by the New York Navy Yard.
    The camouflaged ship beyond President Grant's stern is USS Nopatin (ID # 2195). See Photo # NH 41747-A for a cropped version of this image, emphasizing that ship.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 88KB; 630 x 765 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 64963

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    At Brest, France.
    This original photograph bore a date of 18 July 1919. However, the "dazzle" camouflage worn by President Grant indicates that it was actually taken in 1918.

    Collection of Peter K. Connelly. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1967.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 39KB; 740 x 575 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104241

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    Halftone reproduction of a photograph of the ship in pattern camouflage, circa mid-to-late 1918. It was published by A.M. Simon, 324 E. 23rd St., New York City, in 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning USS President Grant.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 79KB; 740 x 490 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104242

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    Halftone reproduction of a photograph of the ship steaming in convoy with other troop transports, 1918. It was published by A.M. Simon, 324 E. 23rd St., New York City, in 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning USS President Grant.
    Based on their camouflage patterns and general physical appearance, the three ships closest to the camera are (from left to right): USS Zeelandia (ID # 2507); USS President Grant; and USS Huron (ID # 1408).

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 61KB; 740 x 475 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105108

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    Steaming in convoy with other ships, 1918. She is wearing "dazzle" camouflage.
    The original image is printed on postcard ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image size: 42KB; 740 x 445 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104956-A

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    In New York Harbor, 1919.
    Photographed by E. Muller Jr., New York.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 96KB; 900 x 500 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104956

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    In New York Harbor, 1919.
    The original photograph, taken by E. Muller Jr., of New York, is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 490 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105377

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    Moored to a buoy in port, circa 1919.
    Photographed by "HF Co".
    The original image is printed on postcard ("AZO")stock.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image size: 71KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 106386

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    In port, probably at Newport News, Virginia, 1919.
    Photograph copyrighted at that time by Holladay.
    The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 67KB; 740 x 480 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105782

    USS President Grant
    (ID # 3014)

    Photographed in 1919 (perhaps on 2 April), while employed bringing U.S. troops home from Europe.
    The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image size: 64KB; 740 x 495 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 82951

    "The Original U.S. Troop Transports"


    Chart compiled 16 August 1919, showing the number of trans-Atlantic "turn arounds" and their average duration for thirty seven U.S. Navy troop transports employed during and immediately after World War I.

    Collection of the USS Pocahontas Reunion Association, 1974.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 157KB; 690 x 655 pixels

    Click here to rotate chart 90 degrees clockwise

     


    Note: The ship seen in Photo # NH 43544 was originally, and quite incorrectly, identified as USS President Grant, and has been published as such. The ship in that view is actually USS Susquehanna (ID # 3016), which had a very different appearance.


    For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS President Grant (ID # 3014) -- On Board and Close Up Views; and
  • USS Republic (AP-33), 1941-1945. Previously USAT Republic. Later USAHS & USAT Republic.


    NOTES:

  • To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.

  • Some images linked from this page 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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