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Photo # NH 99438: USS Scranton in a harbor, probaby at New York, 1919

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USS Scranton (ID # 3511), 1918-1919.
Named Pennsylvanian during her initial service.
Originally, and later, S.S. Pennsylvanian (1913-1944)

USS Scranton, a 14,495-ton (displacement) cargo ship, was built at Sparrows Point, Maryland, in 1913 as the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company's 6655 gross ton freighter Pennsylvanian. She was taken over by the Navy at Brooklyn, New York, in mid-September 1918 and placed in commission as USS Pennsylvanian (ID # 3511). Her name was changed to Scranton about two months later. Her first Navy voyage, carrying general cargo to France, began at the end of September. Upon her return to New York in mid-November, Scranton was refitted to transport horses and made her second round-trip passage to France between mid-December 1918 and late January 1919. She was then converted to a troop transport. Over the next six months Scranton completed three trips to and from western France, bringing home about 6000 veterans of the First World War and other passengers. Decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Shiping Board in mid-July 1919, the ship was soon returned to her owners, regained her original name, and had some two and a half decades of further commercial service. S.S. Pennsylvanian was scuttled in mid-1944 as part of the "Mulberry A" artificial harbor that supported the Normandy Invasion and the subsequent land campaign in northern France.

This page features, and provides links to, all the views we have related to USS Scranton (ID # 3511).

For other images concerning this ship, see:

  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- Ship's Officers and Crew; and
  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- Actions and Activities.

    Additional photographs related to this ship will be found in the USS Scranton Photo Album.


    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 99438

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    In a harbor, circa spring 1919, probably at New York.
    She appears to be under tow.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 75KB; 740 x 470 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99442

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    In dry dock, 1919, probably in the New York City area.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 65KB; 445x 765 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99448

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    In dry dock, 1919, probably in the New York City area.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 76KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99459

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    At Bassens, France, 1919.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 69KB; 740 x 440 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99467

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    View looking forward from the foremast crow's nest, showing anchor machinery, spare anchor, bollards and bow bulwark. Taken while Scranton was underway in the Atlantic, 1919.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 91KB; 740 x 455 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99439

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    "Making 16 knots" while underway in the Atlantic, 1919.
    Photographed from her mainmast crow's nest, looking forward.
    According to this ship's official data card, her maximum speed was 15 knots.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 61KB; 740 x 440 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99441

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    View looking forward from the ship's mainmast crow's nest, taken while she was in port, 1919.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 109KB; 440 x 765 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99443

    USS Scranton
    (ID # 3511)

    "A spring day at sea", showing men relaxing on the ship's after deck while she was at sea in 1919.
    This photograph, taken from the mainmast looking aft, was made after Scranton's after gun foundation had been removed.
    Note lifeboats with provisions packed under the seats, and shipping crates on deck.

    Photograph from the USS Scranton photo album kept by J.D. Bartar, one of her crew members.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 93KB; 740 x 445 pixels

     


    In addition to the views presented on this page, and those linked from it, the following photographs of other subjects were taken from on board USS Scranton, or were probably taken from her:

  • Photo # NH 99453 -- USS Graf Waldersee (ID # 4040) in port, 1919;
  • Photo # NH 99457 -- USS Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm (ID # 4063) being assisted by tugs, 1919;
  • Photo # NH 99454 -- USS Sierra (ID # 1634) in the Bay of Biscay, 1919;
  • Photo # NH 99456 -- USS Walter A. Luckenbach (ID # 3171) at New York, 1919;
  • Photo # NH 99468 and Photo # NH 99469 -- U.S. Navy troop transports in western French ports, 1919.

    For other images concerning USS Scranton, see:

  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- Ship's Officers and Crew; and
  • USS Scranton (ID # 3511) -- Actions and Activities.

    Additional photographs related to this ship will be found in the USS Scranton Photo Album.


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


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    Page made 13 July 2004
    Link added 2 May 2007