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USS YALE/HARRISBURG (Auxiliary Cruiser)

Displacement 10,669 Tons, Dimensions, 527' 6" (oa) x 63' 2" x 23' (Mean)
Armament 4 x 6-pdrs, 4 3-pdrs
Armor, n/a
Machinery, 18,000 HP, Triple Expansion Reciprocating Steam Engines, 2 screws.
Speed, 21.8 Knots, Crew 436.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid as CITY OF PARIS in 1888 at J. & G. Thompson at Glasgow, Scotland
Transfered to US Registry and renamed SS PARIS in 1893
Acquired under charter from the International Navigation Co. by the US Navy on 27 APR 1898
Commissioned as YALE 2 MAY 1898
Decommissioned 2 SEP 1898 and returned to owner
Stricken 3 JUL 1899
Acquired by US Navy in 1918
Commissioned as HARRISBURG May 1918
Decommissioned September 1919 and returned to owner.
Fate: Scrapped at Genoa, Italy in 1923

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal w/TRANSPORT Clasp

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British passenger liner SS City of Paris , at anchor, circa the late 1880s or the early 1890s. This ship, a trans-Atlantic Blue Ribbon winner when new, was transferred to American registry and renamed Paris in 1893. She served as USS Yale in 1898. Rebuilt and renamed Philadelphia in 1901, she again had Navy service in 1918-1919, as USS Harrisburg (ID # 1663).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 55241

Robert Hurst
135k the American Line ocean liner SS Paris (ex City of Paris) seen in the mid 1890's in or near New York Harbor. John S. Johnston, photographer for the Detroit Publishing Company. Library of Congress. Robert Hurst

Starboard quarter view of the Auxiliary Cruiser USS Yale, at anchor with boats alongside. Date, location unknown.

Library of Congress, LC-D4-21056

Mike Green
Yale 71k

USS Yale arriving in Siboney, Cuba with unidentified transports on 27 June 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

Photo taken by J.C Hemment

Dan Wilmes
Yale 57k

USS Yale photographed during the Spanish-American War, while serving as an Auxiliary Cruiser.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 43030.


American passenger liner SS Philadelphia, probably photographed prior to World War I. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Carl T. Osburn.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 99070

Robert Hurst

American passenger liner SS Philadelphia, underway in harbor, prior to World War I.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 53633

Robert Hurst

American passenger liner SS Philadelphia, painted in camouflage in 1917, while operating as a troop transport.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 53635

Robert Hurst

American passenger liner SS Philadelphia, at Naples, Italy, in July 1922. At the time of this photograph, Philadelphia was under Italian ownership. She was scrapped in 1923. Collection of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 103159

Robert Hurst

USS Harrisburg (ID # 1663), in Brest harbor, France, 1918, with a steam lighter alongside. Photographed from the waterfront at U.S. Naval Air Station, Brest. Absence of a mainmast amidships and a camouflage pattern differing from that on her sister, USS Plattsburg (ID # 1645), strongly indicates that this ship is Harrisburg. This image is cropped from Photo # NH 41734.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 41734-A

Robert Hurst

USS Harrisburg (ID # 1663), moored in port with a barge alongside, circa 1918. Note her pattern camouflage. The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock. See Photo # NH 103919-A for a view of the reverse of the original print, with the handwritten inscription: "The Ship that brought Me home - Liverpool England" and (in another hand and ink type) "July 1919". Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 103919

Robert Hurst

USS Harrisburg (ID # 1663), a halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in New York Harbor while the ship was engaged in transporting U.S. servicemen home from France, circa 1919. The tug Columbia is in the right foreground. Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 85643

Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Wise, W. C., CAPT   05/02/1898
Decommissioned (Returned to Owner)   09/02/1898

USS YALE History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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