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UNITED STATES NAVY
TEMPORARY AUXILIARY SHIPS
WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 83953:  USS Virginian returning troops from Europe, 1919

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USS Virginian (ID # 3920), 1919-1919.
Originally S.S. Maine (American Freighter, 1903). Later renamed Virginian

USS Virginian, a 7914 gross ton transport, was built in 1903 at Sparrows Point, Maryland, as the civilian steamship Maine. In 1908 she was sold to the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, who renamed her Virginian. The ship was acquired by the Navy in early 1919, placed in commission at the beginning of February of that year and converted for use bringing U.S. service personnel home from Europe. Virginian made her first round-trip trans-Atlantic voyage in March and April 1919, carrying cargo to France and returning with nearly 4200 Soldiers embarked. She made a second such trip in April and May, a third in June and her fourth in July and August. USS Virginian was decommissioned in mid-August 1919 and returned to her owner. She continued to operate commercially until 1947, when she was turned over to the U.S. Maritime Commission. After a little over a year in layup she was delivered to a scrapping company in April 1948.

This page features all available views concerning USS Virginian (ID # 3920) and the civilian freighter Maine, later Virginian, of 1903.


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

Photo #: NH 103284

S.S. Virginian
(American Freighter, 1903)

In San Francisco Bay, California, prior to World War I.
This ship served as USS Virginian (ID # 3920) in 1918-1919.
The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 61KB; 740 x 485 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 83953

USS Virginian
(ID # 3920)

In harbor, crowded with U.S. troops returning home from Europe, 1919.
Photographed by O.E. Waterman.

Donation of Mrs. Sheilah R. Taylor, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 121KB; 740 x 550 pixels

 
Photo #: Unknown

USS Virginian
(ID # 3920)

Arriving at New York at the end of a voyage bringing troops home from France, circa April-August 1919.
The original image was an oversized print.
Photographed by E. Muller Jr., New York.

Donation, January 2001.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

 
Photo #: NH 103925

USS Virginian
(ID # 3920)

Arriving in a U.S. East Coast port at the end of a voyage bringing troops home from France, circa April-August 1919.
The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 106040

USS Virginian
(ID # 3920)

In a European port, 1919.
The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105956

USS Virginian
(ID # 3920)

View on board, taken circa 13-25 June 1919, while she was bringing troops home from Europe.

Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 450 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105957

USS Virginian
(ID # 3920)

View on deck, circa 13-25 June 1919, while she was bringing troops home from Europe.

Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 93KB; 740 x 445 pixels

 
Photo #: None

S.S. Virginian
(American Freighter, 1903)

Photographed circa the 1920s. A battleship of the Tennessee or Colorado class is at the far right.

Source: Shipscribe.

 


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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