USS Patricia (1899)

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USS Patricia at Boston, 28 April 1919
USS Patricia at Boston, 28 April 1919
History
Name: USS Patricia
Builder: AG Vulcan Stettin
Launched: 1899
Acquired: 26 March 1919
Commissioned: 28 March 1919
Decommissioned: 13 September 1919
Struck: 13 September 1919
Fate: Delivered to Great Britain, 18 September 1919
General characteristics
Type: Troopship
Displacement: 12,500 long tons (12,701 t)
Length: 560 ft 3 in (170.76 m)
Beam: 62 ft 3 in (18.97 m)
Draft: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Speed: 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph)
Complement: 569 officers and enlisted
Armament: None

USS Patricia was a troop transport of the United States Navy immediately after World War I.

She was originally the German steamship SS Patricia, a 14,446 gross ton passenger liner built in 1899 by Aktiengesellschaft Vulkan, Stettin, Germany, for the Hamburg-America Packet Steamship Company.

Service history[edit]

Following the World War I Armistice she was temporarily allocated to the United States on 26 March 1919 for use by the U.S. Army to bring service personnel home from the former European war zone. She was placed in commission on 28 March 1919 as USS Patricia (with no identification number assigned), at Cowes, England, Lt. Comdr. C. C. Windsor in command.

U.S. troops are entertained about Patricia on their way home from World War I

She began service on the Brest–New York run on 30 March 1919, making four voyages to the U.S., carrying a total of 8,865 servicemen.

On 11 June 1919, just after leaving the port of New York, she helped beach SS Graf Waldersee, damaged in a collision, removed one-half of her crew and all of her passengers. Patricia then again began the crossing to Brest.

Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 13 September 1919, the ship was delivered to Great Britain on 18 September 1919 for use by Ellerman's Wilson Line.

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