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Charles (ID 1298)


  • Built in 1907 as Harvard by the Delaware River Shipbuilding Co., Chester, PA
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Harvard (ID 1298), 9 April 1918
  • Renamed Charles 11 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 10 June 1920 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Renamed Harvard 29 July 1920
  • Sold 14 October 1920
  • Wrecked 30 May 1931 off Point Arguello, CA and declared a total loss.


  • Displacement 3,737 t.
  • Length 403'
  • Beam 51' 3"
  • Draft 19'
  • Speed 22 kts.
  • Complement 211
  • Propulsion: Steam, three shafts.
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    SS Harvard
    Charles 280k Undated post card showing the steamers Harvard and Yale, later ID-1672 and Greyhound (IX 106) Tommy Trampp
    Charles 302k Post card dated 29 October 1912, Los Angeles, CA
    USS Charles (ID 1298)
    Charles 327k The submarine USS L7 (SS 46) with USS L-6 (SS 45) inboard berthed at Mare Island on April 14, 1918. USS Yale (ID 1672) and USS Charles (ID 1298) are to the right
    U.S. Navy photo 4038
    Darryl Baker
    Charles 120k At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1 June 1918.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 55080
    Naval Historical Center
    Charles 146k At Southampton, England, 27 September 1918, loading troops for transportation to France.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 52855
    Charles 89k In a European port, circa the last half of 1918. She is painted in pattern camouflage
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107084
    Robert Hurst
    SS Harvard
    Charles 147k 14 June 1931
    Point Arguello, CA
    Photo caption: "The Pacific coastwise steamer Harvard, whis grounded of the California coast at Point Arguello, Memorial Day, is repidly disentegrating under the pounding of heavy seas. Photo taken from an airplane shows the wrecked vessel now beyond hope of salvage."
    Associated Press photo
    Tommy Trampp

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