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World War I Era Transports — Organized by Type ( Naval History and Heritage Command)

World War I Era Transports — Organized by Type ( Naval History and Heritage Command)

https://web.archive.org/web/20141008171716/http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/usnshtp/ap/w1ap-t.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find a passenger steamship impressed into troop service?
  • Where can I find a crew picture of the USS Canonicus?
  • Where can I find World War I ships that were both transports and mine layers?

Description:

From the introduction:

This page features a list of World War I era U.S. Navy transport groups, defined by ships’ physical characteristics, with links to pages dedicated to each group of ships. Those pages provide further links to the individual ships in each group. Representative photographs are also presented for ship groups and for individual vessels.

The major groupings here are:

  • Passenger liner type transports (75 ships)
  • Former mine layers employed as transports (4 ships)
  • Freighters converted to transports (45 ships)
  • Former coastal and river passenger steamers (21 ships)
  • Combat warships employed as transports (25 ships)
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