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Photo #  NH 64589:  SS Arizonan, probably photographed when first completed


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Arizonan (American Freighter, 1902).
Served as USS Arizonan (ID # 4542-A) in 1918-1919

The 8672 gross ton freighter Arizonan was built at San Francisco, California, in 1902. After more than a decade and a half of work for the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, in August 1918 she was taken over by the Navy and placed in commission as USS Arizonan (ID # 4542-A). She made one round-trip voyage to France before the 11 November 1918 Armistice ended the First World War's fighting. Subsequently converted to a transport, the ship resumed her operations in February 1919. During the next six months Arizonan completed four trips to and from France, taking cargo to Europe and bringing home service personnel and war materiel. On her last eastward voyage, in July 1919, she took USS Edward Luckenbach (ID # 1662) in tow after encountering that disabled ship in mid-ocean. USS Arizonan was decommissioned in late September 1919 and returned to her owner. She operated commercially under U.S. and Japanese registry until about the end of the 1920s.

This page features all the views we have concerning the freighter Arizonan of 1902 and USS Arizonan (ID # 4542-A) of 1918-1919.


If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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Photo #: NH 64589

S.S. Arizonan
(American Freighter, 1902)

Probably photographed soon after the completion of her construction.
She served as USS Arizonan (ID # 4542-A) in 1918-1919.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 42KB; 740 x 305 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 102985

USS Arizonan
(ID # 4542-A)

In drydock while wearing pattern camouflage, 1918.
The original photograph is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 59KB; 740 x 430 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 102986

USS Arizonan
(ID # 4542-A)

In port, following conversion to a transport in 1919.
The original photograph is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 73KB; 740 x 485 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 102987

USS Arizonan
(ID # 4542-A)

In a U.S. East Coast harbor, with her decks crowded with troops returning home from Europe, 1919.
The original photograph is printed on postal card stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 41KB; 740 x 435 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105867-KN (color)

Knights of Columbus Postal Card for Returning Troops, 1919

Front side of a card used by returning troops to report their arrival home from Europe. This example was sent on 31 March 1919, by a Soldier passenger on USS Arizonan (ID # 4542-A).
The reverse side of this card is seen in Photo # NH 105867-A-KN.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 107KB; 740 x 500 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105867-A-KN (color)

Knights of Columbus Postal Card for Returning Troops, 1919

Reverse side of a card used by returning troops to report their safe return home from Europe. This example was sent on 31 March 1919, by a Soldier passenger on USS Arizonan (ID # 4542-A).
The front side of this card is seen in Photo # NH 105867-KN.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 105KB; 740 x 500 pixels

 


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".


    If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."


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    Page made 13 September 2003
    New images added 15 December 2008