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USS Corsair (SP-159), 1917-1919 --
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This page features all the views we have concerning the World War I era actions and activities of USS Corsair (SP-159).

For more images concerning this ship, see:

Photo #: NH 61072

USS Californian (1918-1918)

Sinking in the Bay of Biscay after striking a mine, 22 June 1918.
Photographed from USS Corsair (SP-159).

Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99783

USS Californian (1918-1918)

Sinking in the Bay of Biscay after striking a mine, 22 June 1918.
Photographed from USS Corsair (SP-159).

Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 85KB; 740 x 615 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99786

USS Californian (1918-1918)

Sinking in the Bay of Biscay after striking a mine, 22 June 1918.
Photographed from USS Corsair (SP-159).

Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 87KB; 460 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99903

USS Californian (1918-1918)

One of the ship's lifeboats comes alongside USS Corsair (SP-159), as Californian was being abandoned in the Bay of Biscay on 22 June 1918. She sank after hitting a mine.
The original print bears the hand-written note: "S.S. Californian last boat."

Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 71KB; 455 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99787

USS Corsair (SP-159)

Survivors of USS Californian on Corsair's quarterdeck, 22 June 1918, after being rescued from their sinking ship.
Note the cork life vests worn by many of these men.

Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 101KB; 740 x 480 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 85066

S.S. Dagfin (Norwegian Freighter, 1902)

Broken down several hundred miles off the French coast on 12 September 1918. Photographed from USS Corsair (SP-159), which towed her to port.
She is flying distress signal flags: "N-I".

Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 66KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99904

S.S. Dagfin (Norwegian Freighter, 1902)

Broken down several hundred miles off the French coast on 12 September 1918. Photographed from USS Corsair (SP-159), which towed her to port.
The original print bears the hand-written note: "Norwegian tramp picked up by Paul (Wangerin, one of Corsair's officers) about 600 miles West of France, disabled 6 days, during War."

Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 53KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99897

USS Corsair (SP-159)

Depth charge exploding astern of the ship, during operations at sea in 1918. Another depth charge is visible in the foreground.

Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 60KB; 510 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99898

USS Corsair (SP-159)

Depth charges stowed on the ship's after deck, during anti-submarine operations in 1918.

Collection of Paul F. Wangerin, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 71KB; 570 x 765 pixels

Note: This photograph is rather out of focus, but provides a good indication of depth charge stowage arrangements on board one of the Navy's larger World War I converted yachts.

 
Photo #: NH 55392

USS Corsair (SP-159)

Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels (center) with Mrs. Daniels and the ship's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander William B. Porter, USNRF, by Corsair's after conning station, while she was at Plymouth, England, on 8 May 1919.

Courtesy of Lieutenant C.C. Moore, USN, 1930.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 43KB; 410 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 55391

USS Corsair (SP-159)

Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels (standing to left of the ship's after conning station) talking with a group of officers, while Corsair was at Plymouth, England, in May 1919.
Standing at right are the ship's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander William B. Porter, USNRF, and Rear Admiral Ralph Earle, USN.
Note depth charge stowage racks in the foreground.

Courtesy of Lieutenant C.C. Moore, USN, 1930.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 55KB; 740 x 430 pixels

 

Additional image:

  • Photo # NH 106632, a 1919 view of USS Graf Waldersee (ID # 4040), may have been taken from USS Corsair.

  • For more images concerning this ship, see:


    For higher resolution images see: Obtaining Photographic Reproductions

    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.



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