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Photo #  NH 103053:  Freighter Minnesotan, prior to her World War I era Navy service


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Minnesotan (Freighter, 1912).
Served as USS Minnesotan (ID # 4545) in 1918-1919

Minnesotan, a 6649 gross ton (14,375-tons displacement) freighter, was built in 1912 at Sparrows Point, Maryland, for commercial employment. In September 1917 she began operating under charter on behalf of the U.S. Army, carrying animals and other World War I cargo to France. The U.S. Navy took her over in August 1918 and placed her in commission as USS Minnesotan (her Navy ID #, 4545, was probably assigned some years later). Between early September and early November 1918 the ship made a round-trip voyage between the U.S. East Coast and Gibraltar. At the end of November, nearly three weeks after the Armistice brought the war's active phase to an end, Minnesotan began a second trip, this time to France. After returning to the U.S. in January 1919, she was converted to a troop transport, beginning work in that role at the end of March. During the next four months Minnesotan completed four voyages to and from France, bringing home more than 6000 service personnel. She was decommissioned in August 1919 and returned to her owner, the American Hawaiian Steamship Company, of New York City. Following three more decades of U.S. flag merchant service, the now very elderly steamer was sold abroad in July 1949.

This page features all the views we have concerning the freighter Minnesotan of 1912 and USS Minnesotan (ID # 4545).


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Photo #: NH 65127

S.S. Minnesotan
(American Freighter, 1912)

Photographed prior to her World War I era Naval service, possibly when she was inspected by the 4th Naval District on 26 January 1916.
Acquired by the Navy on 23 August 1918, she was placed in commission on that day as USS Minnesotan. She was decommissioned on 21 August 1919 and transferred to the U.S. Shipping Board for return to her owner. Her registry ID #, 4545, was probably assigned about 1922.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 48KB; 740 x 495 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 103053

S.S. Minnesotan
(American Freighter, 1912)

Photographed prior to World War I. She was USS Minnesotan (ID # 4545) in 1918-1919.
The original image is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 77KB; 740 x 490 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104445

USS Minnesotan
(ID # 4545)

Arriving in a U.S. port, while bringing American troops home from Europe in 1919. Location may be Charleston, South Carolina.
Panoramic photograph by Sargeant, Columbia, S.C.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 97KB; 1200 x 475 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 42572

Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania


View of Dry Dock # 2 and its surroundings, 15 August 1919.
Present in the dry dock are USS Lake Gedney (ID # 3765-C), in center, and USS Minnesotan (ID # 4545), partially visible at right. Both ships were being prepared for decommissioning.
In the distance is the Reserve Basin, with several older battleships visible, among them USS Iowa (Battleship # 4).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 120KB; 740 x 545 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 46031

USS Minnesotan
(ID # 4545)

Being prepared for decommissioning, in Dry Dock # 2 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 15 August 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 123KB; 740 x 545 pixels

 


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Page made 21 August 2004
New image added 25 July 2007