WWI Ship Name Index   Return to WWI Auxiliaries.

UNITED STATES NAVY
TEMPORARY AUXILIARY SHIPS
WORLD WAR I


Photo # NH 76008:  USS Antigone in harbor, circa 1919

Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Antigone (ID # 3007), 1917-1919

USS Antigone, a 17,024-ton transport, was built in Germany in 1900 as the German passenger liner Neckar. She was laid up at Baltimore, Maryland, after the outbreak of World War I made it generally impossible for German merchant vessels to operate at sea. Seized when the United States entered the War in April 1917, she was turned over to the Navy in July and converted to a transport. Renamed Antigone at the beginning of September 1917 and placed in commission a few days later, she completed outfitting at Norfolk, Virginia, and began active service in late November.

Between mid-December 1917 and the end of the fighting in November 1918, Antigone made eight round-trip voyages to France, carrying cargo and over 16,000 troops to the war zone. After the Armistice she reversed the flow, bringing more than 22,000 men home from Europe by September 1919, when she was decommissioned. Antigone was then turned over to the War Department for operation as a U.S. Army transport.

This page features, and provides linkis to, all the views that are available concerning USS Antigone (ID # 3007).

For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Antigone (ID # 3007) -- On Board and Close Up Views; and
  • USS Antigone (ID # 3007) -- Miscellaneous Images.


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

    Photo #: NH 57624

    USS Antigone
    (ID # 3007)

    At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, on 1 September 1917, the day her name was changed from Neckar and five days before she was placed in commission.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 93KB; 740 x 450 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 57625

    USS Antigone
    (ID # 3007)

    In the Norfolk harbor, Virginia, on 29 November 1917.
    A destroyer silhouette is painted on her side to give the illusion that she is being closely convoyed.
    A tug is passing by the after part of the destroyer silhouette.

    Donation of Mr. Marshall Butt, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Museum.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 82KB; 740 x 595 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 57626

    USS Antigone
    (ID # 3007)

    In the Norfolk harbor, Virginia, on 29 November 1917.
    A destroyer silhouette is painted on her side to give the illusion that she is being closely convoyed.

    Donation of Mr. Marshall Butt, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Museum.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 77KB; 740 x 590 pixels

     
    Photo #: None

    USS Antigone
    (ID # 3007)

    Photograped in World War I "dazzle" camouflage, circa 1918.

    Source: Shipscribe.

     
    Photo #: NH 106313

    USS Antigone
    (ID # 3007)

    Halftone reproduction of a photograph showing the ship painted in World War I "dazzle" camouflage, circa 1918.
    This view was published in 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning USS Antigone.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 69KB; 740 x 495 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105779-KN (color)

    USS Antigone (ID # 3007)

    Color-tinted post card, featuring a photograph of the ship in "dazzle" camouflage, circa 1918.
    The reverse side of this card is identical to that seen in Photo # NH 105780-A-KN.
    Note: This image appears to be a reversed version of that seen in the two images above. It is unknown which of these photographs is correctly oriented.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 119KB; 740 x 495 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105780-KN (color)

    USS Antigone (ID # 3007)

    Color-tinted post card, featuring a photograph of the ship in "dazzle" camouflage, circa 1918.
    The reverse side of this card is seen in Photo # NH 105780-A-KN.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 121KB; 740 x 495 pixels

    Note:
    The "moire" pattern seen in the upper part of this image is visible on the original post card, and is not a result of the digital imaging process.

     
    Photo #: NH 73322

    USS Antigone
    (ID # 3007)

    Underway with troops on board, probably in 1919.
    Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia.

    Courtesy of R.W. Cunningham, 1971.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 79KB; 740 x 610 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 76008

    USS Antigone
    (ID # 3007)

    In harbor, circa 1919.

    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1972.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 470 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 106642

    USS Antigone
    (ID # 3007)

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

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2009.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 93KB; 900 x 565 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104950

    USS Antigone
    (ID # 3007)

    At St. Nazaire, France, circa early 1919.
    Note that she is still carrying her guns.
    The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 76KB; 740 x 460 pixels

     


    For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Antigone (ID # 3007) -- On Board and Close Up Views; and
  • USS Antigone (ID # 3007) -- Miscellaneous Images.


    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 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".


    Return to WWI Auxiliaries.

    Page made 21 January 2003
    New image added and page divided 19 December 2009