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Virginian (ID 3920)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Sail - Jig - Fox


  • The second Virginian was built in 1903 as Maine by the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD
  • Renamed Virginian in 1908
  • Acquired by the Navy in early 1919
  • Commissioned USS Virginian (ID 3920), 1 February 1919 at Hoboken, NJ
  • Decommissioned 19 August 1919 at Hampton Roads, VA and returned to her owners
  • Sold for scrap in April 1948.


  • Displacement 7,914 t.
  • Length 492'
  • Beam 58' 3"
  • Draft 31' 9"
  • Complement 106
  • Troop capacity 4,771
  • Propulsion: Two 2,600ihp steam engines, two shafts.
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    SS Virginian
    Virginian 108k In San Francisco Bay, California, prior to World War I.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103284
    Robert Hurst
    USS Virginian (ID 3920)
    Virginian 144k Returning troops home Tommy Trampp
    Virginian 204k In harbor, crowded with U.S. troops returning home from Europe, 1919
    Photographed by O.E. Waterman.
    Donation of Mrs. Sheilah R. Taylor, 1975.
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 83953
    Naval Historical Center
    Virginian 113k Arriving in a U.S. East Coast port at the end of a voyage bringing troops home from France, circa April-August 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103925
    Robert Hurst
    Virginian 120k In a European port, 1919.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 106040
    SS Virginian
    Virginian 663k Virginian was used by the Army as an animal transport, loading mules at New Orleans for the China-Burma-India Theatre of Operations
    Allen Knight Maritime Museum photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
    Robert Hurst

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