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USS Phillippines (ID 1677)



Navy call sign:
George - Jig - Dog - Vice



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Have - Pup

ex-USAT Philippines
ex-USAT Hercules

Philippines served both the U. S. Army and Navy

Transport:

  • Built in 1898 as Bulgaria by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany
  • Acquired by the Army 6 April 1917 and renamed Hercules and Philippines
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 May 1919 at Hoboken, NJ and commissioned USS Philippines (ID 1677) the same day
  • Struck from the Navy Register 23 October 1919 and transferred to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 11,480 t.
  • Length betwen perpendiculars 501' 4"
  • Beam 62' 2"
  • Draft 30' 2"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 470
  • Propulsion: One 3,660ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Philippines 101k 18 July 1919
    Off Brest harbor, France, on July 18, 1919. The ship will be transporting the 803rd Pioneer Infantry Battalion back to the United States
    Library of Congress photo LC-DIG-ppmsca-11450
    Mike Green
    Philippines 326k 18 July 1919
    The U.S. Army 803rd Pioneer Infantry Battalion on the USS Philippines departing from Brest harbor, France
    Library of Congress photo LC-DIG-ppmsca-11460
    Bill Gonyo
    Santa Olivia 127k USS Santa Olivia (ID 3125), left center, and Philippines, at right, at the Army Dock, St. Nazaire, France, 1919.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 104161
    Naval Historical Center
    Philippines 140k In port, receiving assistance from harbor tugs, circa mid-1919. The ship in the background is either USS Charles (ID-1298) or USS Yale (ID-1672)
    Courtesy of Commander Peter Joseph Walter, USN, (Retired), 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106360
    Robert Hurst
    Philippines 102k In Brest Harbor, France, "as she appeared 29 June 1919 when President Wilson departed for America"
    Courtesy of Commander Peter Joseph Walter, USN, (Retired), 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106361

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:

    Philippines

    The northern part of Malay archipelago southeast of China.

    Philippines (IDľ1677), originally Bulgaria, was built in 1898 by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany for the Hamburg-American Packet Steamship Co. She was caught in the port of Baltimore when the United States entered World War I and was acquired 6 April 1917 by the Army who operated her as an animal and general cargo transport under the names of Hercules and later Philippines with an armed guard aboard. The Navy took her over as a troop transport 1 May 1919 at Hoboken, N.J. and commissioned her Philippines, Comdr. J. D. Willson in command. She made two transatlantic runs to France returning troops. During these trips she carried 4,165 servicemen to the United States. Upon completion of her naval service under the operational control of NOTS, the Philippines was struck from the Naval Register 23 October 1919 and returned on the same date to USSB.


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