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Troy (ID 1614)



Navy call sign:
George - Jig - King - Dog

Freighter/Transport:

  • Built in 1904 as Minnesota by the Eastern Shipbuilding Co. of New London, CT for the Great Northern Steamship Company of Portland, OR
  • Launched 16 April 1903
  • Sold in January 1917 to the Atlantic Transport Co. of West Virginia
  • Acquired by the Navy in early 1919
  • Renamed Troy 19 February 1919 to avoid confusion with the battleship Minnesota (BB 22)
  • Commissioned USS Troy (ID 1614) in late February 1919
  • Decommissioned in September 1919, returned to her owner and renamed Minnesota
  • Became a floating isolation hospital in 1921 at New York during the great Spanish Influenza pandemic
  • Sold for scrap in January 1923
  • Departed New York 2 December 1923 in tow for Wilhelmshaven, Germany where she arrived about 3 January1924 and scrapped by Schiffswerft Unterweser A.G.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 36,905 t.
  • Length 608'
  • Beam 73.4'
  • Draft 37' 4"
  • Speed 17 kts.
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: Two 2,293hp triple expansion engines with cylinders of 29", 51" and 89", stroke 57", two shafts.
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    SS Minnesota
    Troy 92k . .
    Troy 115k C. 1910
    Japanese post card showing Minnesota coaling ship
    Tommy Trampp
    Troy 81k In harbor, wearing World War I neutrality markings, circa early 1917.
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105776
    Robert Hurst
    Troy 132k In an icy harbor, during the winter of 1917-1918. She is painted in Mackay low visibility camouflage.
    National Archives photo 19-N-7569
    Naval Historical Center
    Troy 113k S.S. Minnesota in Boston harbor, Massachusetts, in early 1918. Minnesota is painted in Mackay low visibility camouflage. The original print, originally belonging to the Publicity Department of the International Mercantile Marine Company, bears a pencilled inscription stating that it was later owned by the noted maritime historian and artist Frank O. Brainard (1916-2007).
    Donation of Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 106032
    Robert Hurst
    Troy 126k Haftone reproduction of an artwork of the S.S Minnesota, published in 1919 by the National Specialities Company of New York City as one of ten images in a 'Souvenir Folder' of views concerning USS
    Troy (ID-1614).
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104085
    USS Troy (ID 1614)
    Troy 78k "Bringing home 5000 troops", 1919. At right is USS Laub (Destroyer No. 263), which was commissioned in March 1919.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 63453
    Naval Historical Center
    Troy 92k In a European area harbor, 1919.
    Photographed by Putnam.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104122
    Robert Hurst
    Troy 92k At Brest, France, circa May-June 1919, probably while embarking troops for passage home to the United States. Two personnel lighters are nearby: Tudno at left and either Rin Tin Tin or Nenette in the center of the view.Photographed from on board USS Patricia.
    Photograph from the album of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Edward D. Porges. Donated by his daughter, Gail Porges Guggenheim, 2007.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105014
    Troy 92k At Brest, France, circa May-June 1919, probably while embarking troops for passage home to the United States. The paddle-wheel personnel lighter Tudno is alongside. Photographed from on board
    USS Patricia.
    Photograph from the album of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Edward D. Porges. Donated by his daughter, Gail Porges Guggenheim, 2007.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105025

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