Annie L. Vansciver, a 294 gross ton ferry steamship, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1897 for commercial service. Later renamed Samoset, she was purchased by the Navy in March 1918 and placed in service under that name. During the remaining months of World War I she transported personnel and cargo around Boston harbor. The vessel was transferred to New York harbor duty following the conflict's end and remained active there until March 1922. USS Samoset was sold in June 1922. She subsequently had civilian employment until about 1934.
This page features our only view of the ferry steamer Samoset, which served as USS Samoset (ID # 2000) during the World War I era.
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Photo #: NH 102175
Samoset (American Ferry Steamship, 1897)
Photographed prior to her World War I Naval Service, with the ferry steamer Norumbega ited up astern. Both belonged to the Maine Central Railroad Company.
Formerly named Annie L. Vansciver, this ship was acquired by the Navy on 20 March 1918 and subsequently served as USS Samoset (ID # 2000). She was sold on 16 June 1922.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 8 March 2003