Robert Helm Collection
Collection photo # S-586.01 - troops aboard USS Powhatan leaving St. Nazire for the US, 1919
Collection of 160 photographs related to US Navy transport USS Powhatan (ID-3013) during 1919, when the donor’s uncle, Robert H. Helm, served as a member of the crew. Images include officers and crew aboard the ship, mascots, and general onboard scenes, homeward bound troops onboard (there is good coverage of this), as well as liberty in various French cities (there many good photos of St. Nazaire). Specific locations of USS Powhatan include: arrival at Charleston, April 1919; Pauillac, France, 1919; St. Nazaire, France, May 1919; Antwerp, Belgium; and Newport News, 1919. There are also views of the following ships (as seen from Powhatan): USS New York, USS Texas, USS McCall, USS Henley, USS SC-200, USS Anniston, USS Princess Matoika, USS Nashville, USS Machias, USS Martha Washington, USS Aeolus, USS Calamares, USS Floridian, USS Leviathan, USS SC-206, and USS Hartford. Twenty-seven images from the collection have been itemized into the NH photo series (NH 106331-NH 106357).
Naval History & Heritage Command