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Photo # NH 105958:  USS Yale in European waters, circa late 1918

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-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Yale (ID # 1672), 1918-1920.
Served as USS Greyhound (IX-106) in 1943-1944.
Originally S.S. Yale (American Coastal Passenger Ship, 1906)

S.S. Yale, a 3731 gross ton coastal passenger ship, was built by the Delaware River Shipbuilding Company in 1906. In March 1918 the U.S. Navy acquired her from the Pacific Steamship Company of Seattle, Washington, placing her in commission later in that month as USS Yale (ID # 1672). Following shipyard work at Mare Island, California, to suit her for employment as a coastal troop transport, she carried Marines to Nicaragua in May, then continued on to the East Coast by way of the Panama Canal. Yale steamed across the Atlantic in July 1918 and began service carrying troops and other passengers between southern England and English Channel ports in France. This important work continued for the remainder of World War I and for several months after the 11 November 1918 Armistice. Returning to the U.S. in May 1919, she conducted passenger operations along the Eastern Seaboard for three more months. USS Yale was decommissioned in early September 1919 and, in June 1920, sold for commercial operation along the Pacific Coast.

Though Yale was laid up in 1935, the National Emergency resulting from the outbreak of World War II in Europe brought her back into use in 1940, this time as a dormitory ship in Alaskan waters. The Navy again acquired her in April 1943 and in August she was commissioned as USS Greyhound (IX-106). Decommissioned at the end of March 1944, she remained in Navy service as a floating barracks in the Puget Sound area until March 1948. The old steamship was transferred to the U.S. Maritime Commission later in that year and sold for scrapping in June 1949.

This page features all the views we have concerning USS Yale (ID # 1672), USS Greyhound (IX-106), and the civilian coastal passenger ship Yale.


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Photo #: NH 89788

S.S. Yale
(American Coastal Passenger Ship, 1906)

Underway, prior to World War I.
This ship served as USS Yale (ID # 1672) in 1918-1920 and as USS Greyhound (IX-106) in 1943-1944.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 56KB; 740 x 325 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105614

S.S. Yale
(American coastal passenger ship, 1906)

Halftone reproduction of a pre-World War I publicity photograph of the "Turbine Steamships Yale and Harvard". The name on the bow appears to be Yale.
S.S. Yale served as USS Yale (ID # 1672) in 1918-1920 and as the barracks ship USS Greyhound (IX-106) in 1943-1948.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 77KB; 740 x 310 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 105958

USS Yale
(ID # 1672)

Photographed in European waters circa late 1918, while painted in pattern camouflage.

Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 63KB; 740 x 470 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 103410

USS Yale
(ID # 1672)

At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 15 May 1918, after being refitted for Naval service.
She is painted in pattern camouflage.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 58KB; 740 x 610 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 103844

S.S. Yale
(American Coastal Passenger Ship, 1906)

Steams past the Breakwater Lighthouse at San Pedro, California, during the 1920s or early 1930s.
Taken by Sunset Photo.
This steamer twice served in the U.S. Navy, as USS Yale (ID # 1672) during the World War I era and as USS Greyhound (IX-106) during World War II.

Collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, USN. Donated by Lieutenant Colonel Russell DeSomer, U.S. Air Force (Retired), 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 51KB; 740 x 440 pixels

 


The ship seen in the background in the following view is either USS Yale, or her sister, USS Charles:

Photo #: NH 106360

USS Philippines
(ID # 1677)

In port, receiving assistance from harbor tugs, circa Mid-1919.
The ship in the background is either USS Charles (ID # 1298) or USS Yale (ID # 1672).

Courtesy of Commander Peter Joseph Walter, USN (Retired), 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 114KB; 900 x 635 pixels

 


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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    Page made 30 January 2006
    New images added 28 February 2009