Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Navy Department, List of Transports and Merchantmen with Armed Guards, et cetera.

U.S. NAVAL FORCES OPERATING IN EUROPEAN WATERS.

(U.S.S. MELVILLE, FLAGSHIP.)

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Reference No.   N-8  18087              30, GROSVENOR GARDENS,

LONDON   S.W. 1.

From : FORCE COMMANDER                          May 18, 1918.

To :   Secretary of the Admiralty.

Subject : FORWARDING CONFIDENTIAL PUBLICATIONS, BY <Lt. Wilson>                                          

                                                 Mail, herewith.

Reference :

NO. OF COPIES

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Memorandum List of Transports and

 

Merchantmen with Armed Guards, &c.

 

April 22, 1918.

 

 

 

 

     The above-mentioned publications   Signed <Gerald Keith>

have been supplied to                   Rank  Ensign, U.S.N.R.F.

received from                           Date  May 18, 1918.

          <Ackd Nat.

           21/5>      

NAVY DEPARTMENT

Washington

CONFIDENTIAL                                April 22, 1918

Memorandum list of

1.      Troop Transports

2.      Cargo Transports with Naval Crews

3.      Unarmed Cargo Transports which Navy expects to man

on return from abroad.

4.      Cargo Transports with Civilian Crew and Armed Guard.

5.      General Pershing’s Fleet.

6.      Merchantmen with an Armed Guard.

(Corrected to April 22, 1918)

1.  TROOP TRANSPORTS

    Name         Battery   Service   Gross    Manned by

AEOLUS           4 5"51Troop    13,102   Navy

AGAMEMNON        4 6"40       "      19,360   Navy

AMERICA          4 6"50       "      22,621   Navy

ANTIGONE         4 5"51       "       9,835   Navy

CALAMARES        4 5"40       "       7,782   Navy  Now being taken over  

COVINGTON        4 6"50       "      16,339   Navy

FINLAND          4 4"50       "      12,222   Army

GREAT NORTHERN   4 6"50       "       8,255   Navy

HARRISBURG      4 4"50       "      10,232   Navy  Not yet

  (Ex Philadelphia)                                    taken over

HURON            4 5"51       "      10,771   Navy

KROONLAND        4 4"50       "      12,241   Navy

LENAPE           4 5"40       "       5,179   Navy

LEVIATHAN         8 6"50       "      54,281   Navy

LOUISVILLE       1 6"45       "      10,230   Navy

   (Ex St. LOUIS)   4 4"50

MADAWASKA        4 6"40       "       9,409   Navy

MALLORY, Henry R.4 5"40       "       6,063   Army

MANCHURIA        2 4"50       "      13,638   Navy

                1 6"40

MATSONIA         4 6"50       "        9,728   Navy

MAUI             4 6"50       "       10,260   Navy

MERCURY          4 6"40       "       10,983   Navy

MONGOLIA         3 6"40       "       13,638   Navy

MOUNT VERNON     4 5"51       "       18,372   Navy

NORTHERN PACIFIC   4 6"50       "        8,255   Navy Not yet in

                                                     service

ORIZABA           4 5"51       "           ?    Navy Not yet in

                                                     service

PASTORES          4 5"40       "        7,781   Army

PLATTSBURG       3 6"40       "       10,080   Navy

   (Ex NewYork) 2 3"50

POCOHONTAS       4 6"40       "       10,892   Navy

POWHATAN         4 6"40       "       10,530   Navy

PRESIDENT GRANT    4 5"51       "       18,072   Navy

PRESIDENT LINCOLN   4 6"50       "       18,167   Navy

PRINCESS MATOIKA   4 6"50       "       10,981   Navy Not yet in service  

ST. PAUL           3 6"40       "       10,230   Navy

                 2 3"50

SIBONEY           4 5"51       "          ?     Navy Not yet in service  

SUSQUEHANNA      4 6"40       "       10,058   Navy

TENADORES        4 5"40       "        7,782   Army

WASHINGTON, GEORGE 4 5"51     "       25,569   Navy

WASHINGTON, MARTHA 4 5"51     "        8,255   Navy

WILHELMINA        4 6"50       "        6,974   Navy Not yet in service  

2.  C A R G O  T R A N S P O R T S

With Naval Crews

    Name         Battery   Service   D.W.T.    Manned by

ALASKAN           1 6"50    Cargo    14,118     Navy

                 1 4"40

BAVARIA           1 6"50      "       3,898     Navy

CASCO            1 4"50      "       7,900     Navy

CHARLTON HALL        ?         "       7,830     Navy

CHATHAM         1 5"40       "       5,100      Navy

  (Ex Margaret)   1 3"50

COROZAL         1 5"51       "       4,650      Navy

               1 3"50

CONSTANTIA       1 6"50       "       3,026      Navy

               1 3"50

EL CAPITAN       None         "       7,325      Navy

ELINOR           1 6"50       "       6,200      Navy

FAIRMONT         1 6"         "       8,600      Navy

                  1 6-pdr.

HATTERAS           1 5"40       "       7,500      Navy

IOWAN             1 4"40       "       9,920      Navy

                 1 6-pdr.

ISABELA           None         "        4,650     Navy

LUCKENBACH, F.J.  1 3"      Animal    10,000      Navy

                 1 6"

MEXICAN            1 6"50      Animal    13,768    Navy

MIDDLESEX           1 5"40      Cargo      7,900    Navy

                   1 3"50

MOCCASIN           1 3"50     Refrig.    4,760     Navy

                   1 6"50

MUNDELTA           None       Cargo     7,700      Navy

MUNINDIES          1 4"50       "       7,430       Navy

                   1 3"50

MUNSON, Walter D.  1 5"50     "       5,150        Navy

                   1 3"50

MUSCATINE        1 5"51       "       7,300      Navy

               1 3"50     

NORLINA          2 4"40       "       7,000      Navy

Cargo Transports With Naval Crews (Continued)

    Name         Battery   Service   D.W.T.    Manned by

SAETIA              1 5"40      Cargo     4,500    Navy

                   1 6-pdr.

SANTA BARBARA        None          "     9,000     Navy

SKINNER, Jeanette  1 6"50        "      8,700    Navy

SUDBURY            1 5"51        "      7,200    Navy

                  1 6-pdr.

TERESA              2 4"40        "      5,700    Navy

TEXAN              1 5"51        "     13,888    Navy

                   1 3"50

TICONDEROGA         1 6"50      Animal   5,130    Navy

                   1 3"50               gross

WABASH             1 5"51      Cargo    6,775    Navy

                 1 3"50      

WACHUSETTS        1 4"50       "       6,450     Navy

                 1 3"50

WESTOVER            ?         "       8,800     Navy

WINNEBAGO        1 5"50       "       7,300     Navy

                1 3"50

MUNAIRES         1 6"50       "       7,430     Navy Taken by Pershing

                                          See “Pershing’s Fleet.”

3.  UNARMED CARGO TRANSPORTS

WHICH NAVY EXPECTS TO MAN ON RETURN FROM ABROAD

    Name         Battery   Service   D.W.T.    Manned by

AMERICAN         None      Cargo     8,200      Owners

ANTILLA              "        "       5,149         "

CALIFORNIAN          "        "       9,125         "

CRASTER HALL         "        "       7,300         "

GUANTANAMO        "        "       5,196         "

JONES, Stephen R.  "       "       7,000          "

LUCKENBACH, Hattie "         "       6,800        "

McKENNEY, Wm. A.   "         "       9,500        "

NEWTON             "         "       8,300        "

ST. FRANCIS           "         "       8,350        "

SANTA ROSALIA        "         "       8,715        "

SANTIAGO            "         "       5,360        "

(NOTE: This list contains the names of those ships which the Navy expected to man upon return from abroad and for which instructions have already been issued P On account of the acquisitions of Dutch tonnage the plans may be changed and instructions which have been issued may not be put into effect.)

4.  CARGO TRANSPORTS

WITH CIVILIAN CREW AND ARMED GUARD

    Name         Battery   Service   D.W.T.    Manned by

AMPHION          2 3"50    Animal     8,950    S.B.2

APPELES           1 5"51      "       11,200    S.B.

                 1 3"50

ARCADIA           2 3"50      "        7,100    S.B.

ARTEMIS          2 3"50     Cargo    11,500     S.B.

BUENAVENTURA     2 3"50      "        8,200     Army

BUFORD           2 3"50      "        4,805     Army

                                      gross

CAROLINIAN        2 4"40      "         7,000    Army

CAUTO            2 3"50      "         5,200    Army

CITY OF ATLANTA     2 5"40      "         5,100    Army

CITY OF SAVANNAH    1 5"40     "         5,100    Army

                 1 3"50

xGLARE            1 4"50     "         5,100    Owners

                 1 6-pdr.   "

CUDAHY, Joseph   2 3"50    Tanker     4,992     Army

DAKOTAN          2 5"40    Cargo     10,200     Army

EAGLE            1 4"50    Animal     9,950     Army

                 1 3"50

xEDITH            1 5"40    Cargo      5,100    Owners

                 1 3"50

EL OCCIDENTE        4 5"40    Cargo      6,850    Army

EL ORIENTE          2 4"50    Animal     6,850    Army

EL SOL             2 4"50    Animal     6,850    Army

ERNY              2 3"50    Cargo      8,321    S.B.

FLORIDIAN          1 6"50    Animal    10,315    Army

                 1 3"50

HENRY, Geo. G.   1 5"51    Tanker    10,500    Owners

                 1 3"50

HERCULES          1 5"40    Animal    13,000    S.B.

                 1 3"50

HEWITT           1 6"50    Cargo      8,900    Army

                1 3"5 0

HOWICK HALL       2 3"50    Cargo      8,097    Army

HOWAH JAH        1 6"50    Cargo      ?        S.B. Chinese

                 1 6-pdr.                        Registry

INDIANA           1 5"40       "       8,800    S.B.

                1 6-pdr.

IROQUOIS              2 4"40     Animal   6,800    S.B.

ITASCA                1 5"40     Animal   8,000    S.B.

JEAN                 2 3"50     Cargo    4,900    Army

KENTUCKIAN            1 5"51     Animal   9,945    Army

                     1 3"50

LUCIA                 2 3"50     Cargo   10,000    S.B.

LUCKENBACH, Edgar F. 1 5"51     Cargo   13,000    Army

                     1 3"50

LUCKENBACH, Edw.     4 5"40     Cargo   13,000    Army

LUCKENBACH, Flo.     2 3"50     Cargo    9,000    Army

LUCKENBACH, Julia    1 4"50     Cargo   13,000    Army

                     1 3"50

LUCKENBACH, K.I.     1 6"50     Animal  11,552    Owners

                     1 3"50

MARIANA              2 4"50     Cargo    4,650    Army

MEDINA               1 5"40     Cargo    7,175    Army

                     1 3"50

MINNESOTAN         2 4"50    Animal  10,200    Army

MONTANAN          4 4"50    Cargo    9,920    Army

MONTICELLO         1 5"51    Animal  12,500    S.B.

                  1 3"50

MONTOSO           2 4"50    Cargo    4,650    Army

MONTPELIER         2 3"50    Animal  10,000    S.B.

MUNDALE           1 4"50    Cargo    5,250    Owners

                  1 3"50

MUNPLACE          2 3"50    Cargo    5,150    Owners

MUNSOMO          2 3"50    Cargo    5,150    Army

MUNWOOD          1 5"40    Cargo    5,400    Owners

                  1 3"50

NANSEMOND         2 6"40    Cargo   14,700    S.B.

                  2 3"50

NECHES             1 5"40    Cargo    7,175    Army

                  1 3"50

NYANZA            1 5"40    Cargo    7,750    S.B.

                  1 3"50

OHIOAN            1 5"40    Cargo    9,920    Owners

                  1 3"50

OREGONIAN         2 5"40    Cargo    8,850    Army

PANAMAN          1 5"40    Animal   9,920    Army

                1 3"50

PENNSYLVANIAN     2 5"40     Animal   9,920    Army

SAN JACINTO        Temp.      Frt. &   4,950    Army Renewing

                 Removed    Pass.                   boilers

SANTA CLARA        1 5"51     Cargo    9,200    Owners

                 1 3"50

SANTA ROSA        2 5"40      Cargo    9,400    Army

SHOSHONE         1 5"51      Animal   5,470    S.B.

                 1 3"50

SUWANEE          2 3"50      Animal  11,250    S.B.

TAUSSIG, Felix   1 4"50      Cargo    9,500    Owners

                1 3"50

TIGER             1 5"40     Animal     9,950    Army

                 1 3"50

TIVIVES            1 5"51     Refrig.    4,400    Owners

                 1 3"50

VIRGINIAN          1 5"40     Animal    11,207    S.B.

                1 3"50

WOONSOCKET       1 6"40     Cargo      9,520    S.B.

                1 3"50

WYANDOTTE        2 3"50     Cargo      5,900    S.B.

     x Navy expected to man on return.

5. GENERAL PERSHING’S FLEET

    Name         Battery   Service   D.W.T.    Manned by

AUSABLE             ?        Cargo      5,300    Owners (Sent abroad by army on temporary time charter, unarmed.)

BERWIND           4 4"40     Cargo      3,400    Army

GEN. McCLELLAN     None     refrig.   3,005     Army  Stationed in France

HILTON            1 5"40   Cargo     4,950     Army

JUPITER            1 5"40   Cargo     7,500     Army

                 1 3"50

KERKENNA            ?      Cargo     5,500     Army

KERMOOR            ?      Cargo     6,980     Owners

KEROWLEE            ?      Cargo     6,100     Army

KERWOOD            ?      Cargo     5,350     Army

LEVISA            2 3"50    Cargo     3,190     Army

LUCKENBACH, FRED K. ?      Cargo     4,500     Army

McCULLOUGH, JOHN G. ?      Cargo     2,700     Army

MACONA          2 4"40     Cargo     5,500     Owners

MAUBAN             ?       Cargo       ?       Owners

MOLDEGARDE       2 3"50     Cargo     4,450     Army

MUNAIRES         1 6"50     Cargo     7,430     Navy – Navy aux.

MUNALBRO        2 3"50     Cargo     7,100     Army

O’BRIEN            2 4"40   Cargo     7,438     Army

x PEQUOT          2 3"50   Cargo     8,879     Army

SARATOGA          No guns  Hospital    ?        ?  Hospital Ship

THURLOW, LEWIS K. 2 3"50   Cargo     5,000      Owners

x Swapped by Pershing with British for two smaller ships. Now employed under orders of British Admiralty.

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Also the following fourteen Lake Steamers now building of approximately 3100 D.W.T. have been designated for General Pershing

LAKE CAPENS      LAKE LIDA        LAKE SHEWANO    Note: These

LAKE CLEAR       LAKE MARKHAM    LAKE ST. CLAIR     ships will

LAKE CRESCENT    LAKE OWENS      LAKE TULCARE     probably have

LAKE ELIZABETH    LAKE PAWAUKEE   LAKE TRAVERSE    1 3"gun aft

LAKE HOUGHTON   LAKE PORTAGE                    furnished them

abroad.  

6.  MERCHANTMEN WITH AN ARMED GUARD

    Name         Battery   Service   D.W.T.    Manned by

ABSAROKA          1 6"50   Cargo     8,800     S.B.

                 1 3"50

ANDALUSIA         1 5"51     "       5,433      S.B.

                 1 3"50             gross 

ARGONNE          1 6"50     "       5,870      Owner

                 1 6-pdr.           gross

ARIZONAN          1 5"40     "      14,183      Owner

                 1 3"50

ARMENIA          1 5"40     "       7,600       S.B.

                 1 3"50

ASCUTNEY          2 3"50     "       6,700      S.B.

BLACK HAWK        2 3"50     "       8,000      S.B.

BORINQUEN         2 3"50     "       4,200      Owner

BRABANT           2 3"50   Tanker   4,650       Owner

BRALEY, CHARLES   2,3"50     "      5,040       Owner

CALORIA            2 4"40     "      6,030       Owner

CAROLYN           1 5"50   Cargo     5,000       Owner

                  1 3"50

CHESTER SUN         1 4"50     Tanker   10,300     Owner

                  1 3"50

CHINCHA            2 3"50     Cargo      9,650    Owner

CLARA              2 3"50      "        6,125    S.B.

COMMUNIPAW        2 3"50     Tanker     5,350    Owner

CONNELLY, JOHN M.  1 6"50      "        7,000    S.B.  

                   1 6-pdr.

CORNING            1 4"50     Tanker     7,500    Owner

                   1 3"50

CUSHING             1 5"40    Tanker     9,000    Owner

                   1 3"50

DAYTON             2 3"50      "         8,000    Owner

DEEPWATER          2 5"40     Cargo      12,500    S.B.

DOHENY, EDW.L.     2 4"40     Tanker      9,700    Owner

DORA               2 3"50     Cargo      10,000    S.B.

DRAKE, COL. E.L.   2 3"50     Tanker      6,560    Owner

EURANA            2 4"40    Cargo       9,350    Owner

EUTERY               ?        ?            ?      Personnel only

EVELYN             1 6"40    Cargo       5,000    Owner

                  1 3"50

FOLGER, H.C.      2 4"40    Tanker     11,000    Owner

FRANKLIN           1 6"50    Cargo       9,000    Owner

                  1 3"50

GEORGIA            1 5"40    Tanker      7,850    Owner

                  1 3"50

HARWOOD, Chas. E. 2 4"40    Tanker      4,803    Owner

HAWAIIAN           1 6"50    Cargo       9,125    Owner

                  1 3"50

IDA                2 3"50    Cargo       7,000    S.B.

ISOM, Wm.         2 3"50    Tanker      4,992    S.B.

JENNINGS, O.B.    1 5"51    Tanker     15,000    Owner

                  1 3"50

KERMANSHAH        1 4"40    Cargo       8,100    Owner

                  1 6-pdr.

LUCKENBACH, J.L.   2 4"40     Cargo       6,750    Owner

MACY, Josiah       2 5"40     Tanker      9,600    Owner

MAINE              2 5"51     Animal      9,000    S.B.

MILLINOCKET          1 5"40     Cargo       4,400    Owner

                  1 3"50

MINNESOTA          4 4"50     Frt. &     22,250    Owner

                              Pass.

MUSKOGEE           2 4"40     Tanker     10,250    Owner

NAVAHOE            1 4.7"     Cargo       1,800    Owner

                   1 6-pdr.

NEUSE              2 3"50     Cargo       6,800    S.B.

NORMAN BRIDGE       2 3"50    Tanker      6,500    Owner

NORTHWESTERN       2 3"50     Tanker      3,500    Owner

OCONEE             2 3"50     Cargo       4,286    S.B.

OLEAN              2 3"50     Cargo       4,361    Owner

ONEGA              1 4"50     Cargo       3,500    Owner

                  1 6-pdr.

ORION             2 3"50    Cargo       5,800    S.B.

OSAGE             1 5"40    Cargo       7,600    S.B.

                  1 6-pdr.

OTSEGO            2 4"40    Cargo       6,470    S.B.

OVERBROOK         1 6"50    Tanker      9,000    S.B.

                 1 3"50

OWEGO            2 3"50    Cargo       3,850    Owner

PATHFINDER         2 3"50    Cargo       3,600    Owner

PAULSBORO         1 5"40    Tanker     11,000    Owner

                1 3"50

PAWNEE           2 4"40    Cargo       6,500    S.B.

PEARL SHELL        2 4"40    Tanker      8,400    Owner

PHILADELPHA        4 4"50    Frt. &    10,232    Owner to be

                          Pass.      gross    taken over by Navy on return.

PIONEER           2 3"50    Tanker     7,500    Owner

PLEIADES             2 4"40     Cargo        6,300   Owner

PLYMOUTH            2 5"40     Cargo        9,100   Owner

POLARINE             2 4"40     Tanker       6,140   Owner

SANTA CECILIA          2 3"50     Cargo        9,250   Owner

SANTA RITA            2 4"40     Tanker       8,300   Owner

SATSUMA             2 4"40     Cargo        7,472   Owner

SEATTLE              1 6"50     Cargo        8,800   S.B.

                   1 3"50

SILVER SHELL           2 4"40     Tanker       8,800   Owner

SOMERSET             1 5"40     Tanker       7,500   Owner

                   1 3"50

SUFFOLK              1 5"40     Cargo        7,900   Owner

                   1 3"50

SUN                 2 4"40     Tanker        7,000   Owner

SUSANA              2 3"50     Cargo         6,400   Owner

SYLVAN ARROW         1 6"50     Tanker       12,550   Owner

                   1 3"50

THOMPSON, Robert M. 2 3"50    Cargo        4,000    Owner

TIDEWATER            2 3"50    Cargo        8,600    Owner

TILFORD, W.H.       1 6"40    Tanker       8,130    Owner

                   1 3"50

TIPPECANOE           1 5"40    Cargo        8,965    S.B.

                   1 3"50

TRINIDADIAN           2 4"40    Tanker       3,900   Owner

TUNICA               1 5"51    Cargo        7,750   S.B.

                   1 3"50

TYLER                2 3"50    Cargo        4,200   Owner

VIGO                 2 3"50    Cargo        2,850   Owner

WEST OIL              2 3"50    Cargo        3,500   Owner

WESTWEGO            2 3"50    Tanker       7,500   Owner

WICO                2 4"40    Tanker       4,350   Owner

WINIFRED             2 4"40    Tanker       4,100   Owner

WYLIE, Herbert G.   2 3"50    Tanker       6,500   Owner

YADKIN               2 3"50    Cargo        2,512   S.B.

YOSEMITE             1 6"50     Cargo         8,400    S.B.

                   1 3"50

YUCCA               2 3"50     Cargo         4,416    S.B.

WEST ARROW          1 6"50     Cargo         8,800    S.B.

                   1 6-pdr.

WEST POINT           1 6"50     Cargo         8,800    S.B.

                   1 6-pdr.

WEST LAKE            1 6"50     Cargo         8,800    S.B.

                   1 6-pdr.

WEST LAND            1 5"40     Cargo         8,800    S.B.

                   1 3”50

7.  DUTCH SHIPS TAKEN OVER AND MANNED BY THE NAVY

    Name         Battery   Service   D.W.T.    Manned by

RADI               None      Cargo    9,805      Navy

RATJAM               "         "        ?          "

BESOEKI              "         "        ?          "

BEUKELSDIJK          "         "        ?          "

BUSSUM               "         "        ?          "

BUITENZORG           "         "      10,264       "

CELEBES              "         "         ?         "

DRECHTERLAND         "         "       6,280       "

TERNATE              "         "         ?         "

GORANTALO            "         "         ?         "

JAN VAN NASSAU       "         "         ?         "

MAARTENSDIJK         "         "       8,763       "

MALANG               "         "         ?         "

MERAUKE              "         "      10,264       "

COSTERDIJK           "         "      11,564       "

RONDO                "         "      10,400       "

RIJNLAND             "         "       6,720       "

SAMARINDA            "         "      10,900       "

SOESTDIJK            "         "         ?         "

WESTERDIJK           "         "      11,554       "

ZAANLAND             "         "       8,700       "

ZUIDERDIJK           "         "         ?         "

VEENDYK              "         "      10,450       "

ROEPAT               "         "      12,000       "

                                        apprx.

KONIGSKINDER         "       Troop        ?        "

     NEDERLANDER

OPHIR                "         "         ?         "

ZEELANDIA            "         "      12,800       "

RYNDAM               "         "      13,155       "

x TJISONDAHI         "         "         ?         "

x TJISENBANG         "         "         ?         "

x Note:   These have been inspected with the idea of making them

troop transports, but until report is received no decision can be made.

Source Note: Cy, UK-KeNA, Adm. 137/1622. Identifier at the top of each page: “Mat. 2 E.” This list was recreated as a printed pamphlet entitled: “3073.-Defensively Armed Merchant Ships.—American.” That printed pamphlet is in ibid. The pamphlet is undated but the cover sheet for it is dated 20 May 1918.

Footnote 1: The first number is the number of guns; the second is the shell size followed by the symbol for inches; the third number is the caliber of the gun, i.e., .51 caliber.

Footnote 2: That is, the Shipping Board.

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