Satsuma, a 4204 gross ton steel freighter, was built at Sunderland, England, in 1901. She operated commercially under the British flag until 1914, when she was transferred to United States shipping registry. At the beginning of 1918 the ship was delivered to the U.S. Navy and placed in commission as USS Satsuma (ID # 2038). She made one round-trip voyage to France in October-December 1918. In January 1919, a month after the end of that trip, Satsuma was decommissioned and returned to her owner.
This page features all available views of the freigher Satsuma, which served as USS Satsuma (ID # 2038) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 102211
Satsuma (American Freighter, 1901)
In port during World War I. This steamer, built in England in 1901, was acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 1 October 1918 as USS Satsuma (ID # 2038). She was returned to her owner, the New York & Oriental Steam Ship Company, on 31 January 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 530 pixels
Page made 28 June 2003