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Virginian (ID 3920)



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


Virginian served both the U. S. Navy and U.S. Army


Transport:

  • The second Virginian was built in 1903 as Maine by the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD
  • Renamed Virginian in 1908
  • Commissioned USS Virginian (ID 3920), 14 June 1918 at Hoboken, NJ
  • Decommissioned 19 August 1919 at Hampton Roads, VA and returned to her owners
  • Sold for scrap in April 1948.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 19,120 t.
  • Length 506'
  • Beam 58' 3"
  • Draft 29'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 78
  • Troop capacity 4,771
  • Armament: One 5"/40 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two double ended and two single ended boilers, two 2,500ihp vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    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 169k Arriving at New York at the end of a voyage bringing troops home from France, circa April-August 1919. The original image was an oversized print
    Photographed by E. Muller Jr., New York. Donation, January 2001. Naval History and Heritage Command photo from Shipscribe.com
    Virginian 120k In a European port, 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 106040
    SS Virginian
    Virginian 95k c. 1920's
    Photo from Shipscribe.com
    Robert Hurst
    Virginian 663k During World War II 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

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John S. Greene, USNRF1 February 1919
    02ENS Samuel M. Hopkins, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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