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Photo #  NH 105294:  USS Pensacola at Pearl Harbor on 18 August 1919.

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-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Pensacola (1917-1923, later AK-7)
Previously S.S. Nicaria.


USS Pensacola, a 6750-ton (displacement) storeship, was built at Belfast, Ireland, in 1891 as the merchant ship Nicaria.

USS Beaufort, a 1769 gross ton cargo ship, was built at Lubeck, Germany, in 1909 as the commercial collier Rheingraf. Later renamed Rudolf Blumberg, she took refuge at Pensacola, Florida, after the outbreak of World War I in August 1914 made the high seas dangerous for German shipping. The ship was seized when the United States entered the conflict in April 1917 and was turned over to the Navy a month later. Renamed Beaufort in June and refitted at New Orleans, Louisiana, she was placed in commission in September 1917. Later given the registry ID # 3008, she operated in European waters until March 1919 carrying coal across the English Channel. Upon her return to the U.S., the ship was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Train. She was designated AK-6 when hull numbers were first assigned in July 1920 and performed logistics functions along the East Coast and in the Caribbean until decommissioned in December 1925. USS Beaufort was sold in October 1926. Her new owners, a Norwegian commercial firm, renamed her Fjorden. She was reportedly lost on 12 April 1933.

This page features the only views we have concerning USS Pensacola and S.S. Nicaria.


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Photo #: NH 44476

USS Pensacola
(ID # 2078)

At the Charleston, South Carolina, Navy Yard on 3 October 1917, five days before her commissioning. Ash Lighter No. 29 is alongside.
Formerly the German Nicaria, seized by the United States in April 1917, Pensacola was designated AK-7 in 1920.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 57KB; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 50186

USS Pensacola
(ID # 2078, later AK-7)

At the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 28 June 1918.
Pensacola was at Philadelphia for repairs between 12 and 29 June. Note her camouflage paint scheme.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 72KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105294

USS Pensacola
(ID # 2078, later AK-7)

At the U.S. Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, on 18 August 1919 at the 1010-foot wharf.
The ship is still displaying her name on her bridge front, as many ships of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service did during World War I.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 540 pixels

 


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