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Photo # NH 104731:  USS Huron arriving off Newport News, Virginia, 1919

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USS Huron (ID # 1408), 1917-1919.
Originally named Friedrich der Grosse

USS Huron, a 10,771 gross ton transport, was built in 1896 at Stettin, Germany, as the German passenger liner Friedrich der Grosse. Laid up at New York upon the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, she was seized when United States entered the conflict in April 1917. In July, while undergoing repair of sabotage damage and conversion for Navy use, the ship was placed in commission as USS Friedrich der Grosse. Renamed Huron at the beginning of September 1917, she soon began work carrying U.S. troops across the Atlantic to France, completing eight round-trip voyages for this purpose before the Armistice brought an end to the fighting in November 1918. The transport then started bringing servicemen home, making seven more trans-Atlantic round-trips during late 1918 and the first eight months of 1919. USS Huron was decommissioned in early September 1919 and turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board. Reconverted for commercial use, she operated as SS Huron in 1920-1922. She was renamed City of Honolulu in May 1922, but had a very short subsequent career. The ship burned while at sea off California on 12 October 1922, and was abandoned without loss of life. Her hulk, deemed a hazard to navigation, was sunk some days later.

This page features, and provides links to, all the views we have concerning USS Huron (ID # 1408).

For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Huron (ID # 1408) -- On Board, Close Up, Distant and Miscellaneous Views.


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

    Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

    Photo #: NH 94202

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    Fitting out for World War I Navy service at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, in 1917.
    Originally the German passenger liner Friedrich der Grosse (1896), this ship became the SS City of Honolulu in 1922 and was lost at sea in October of that year.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 90KB; 740 x 460 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 102876

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    At the New York Navy Yard, 23 May 1918, while painted in pattern camouflage.

    Courtesy of Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2005.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 67KB; 740 x 595 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 155

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    In harbor, 1918, while painted in pattern camouflage.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 47KB; 740 x 435 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 102971

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    In port, circa 1918.
    The original photograph is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock. It is annotated, on its reverse: "The ship that took me back to the land of my birth".
    The original photograph is almost certainly reversed, as the camouflage scheme seen here was painted on Huron's starboard side. It has been reoriented for Photo # 102971, as shown here. For the image as it was originally printed, see Photo # 102971-A.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 51KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 92616

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    Panoramic photograph, taken by the G.L. Hall Optical Company, of Norfolk, Virginia, showing the ship at the Norfolk Navy Yard on 27 February 1919.

    Donation of D.L. Tippens, 1969.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 77KB; 1200 x 270 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104731

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    Arriving off Newport News, Virginia, bringing troops home from Europe, 1919.
    Panoramic photograph by Holladay, Newport News, Va.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 101KB; 1200 x 485 pixels

    Note:
    A cropped version of this photograph, emphasizing the ship in the right center background, is Photo # NH 104731-A

     
    Photo #: NH 105962

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1418)

    In port, probably at Newport News, Virginia, 1919.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 82KB; 740 x 470 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 106366-A

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    At Newport News, Virginia, 11 July 1919.
    Photograph by Moore.
    This image is cropped from Photo # NH 106366.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 120KB; 900 x 505 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 106366

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    "Troops - Debarking at Newport News, Va., July 11 1919. USS Huron 'The Ship That Brought Us Home' (in the background)."
    Panoramic photograph by Moore.
    See Photo # NH 106366-A for a cropped version of this image, emphasizing the ship.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 196KB; 2000 x 510 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104116

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    Docked at St. Nazaire, France, in 1919.
    The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 55KB; 740 x 460 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104117

    USS Huron
    (ID # 1408)

    At Pauillac, France, 21 April 1919.
    The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock. The card is marked on its back: "Embarked at this port at this time on U.S.S. Huron for home. H.A. Smith."

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 62KB; 740 x 460 pixels

     


    For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Huron (ID # 1408) -- On Board, Close Up, Distant and Miscellaneous Views.


    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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