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Finland (ID 4543)

Navy call sign:
George - Boy - Jig - Have

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Sail - Boy - Cast

Finland served both the U. S. Army and Navy

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal (with Armed Guard and Transport clasps)


  • Laid down in 1902 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched in 1902 for the International Mercantile Marine Co.
  • Chartered by the Army Transport Service 3 June 1917
  • Designated ID-4543 in late 1917
  • Delivered to the Navy 24 April 1918
  • Commissioned USS Finland 26 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 15 November 1919 and transferred to the War Department for later return to the Red Star Line
  • Chartered by the American Line in 1923
  • Scrapped in 1928 by Hughes Bolckow Shipbreaking Ltd at Blyth, Northumberland, England


  • Displacement: 22,400 t.(fl)
  • Length: 580'
  • Beam: 60' 2"
  • Draft: 31' 4"
  • Speed: 15.7 kts.
  • Complement: 414
  • Armament: Four 4"/40 gun mounts, two 1-pounders and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Nine single ended and one auxiliary boiler, two 4,650hp vertical triple-expansion steam engines, two shafts
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    SS Finland
    Finland 72k American Red Star Ocean Liner SS Finland in New York Harbor off the Statue of Liberty 1906, the vessel is starting its transatlantic voyage to Antwerp (Belgium) - Signed and dated "A. Jacobsen 1906". The flag on the main mast is the house flag of the shipping company (Red Star Line New York), while there is the Belgium flag on the fore mast, which indicates that this American Liner is heading for Antwerp
    Post card by Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen 1850-1921
    Robert Hurst
    Photo added 6 February 2020
    Finland 244k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Finland 94k Underway in a U.S. harbor, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100549
    Naval Historical Center
    Finland 128k Halftone reproduction of a photograph of the S.S. Finland taken prior to World War I
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103300
    Robert Hurst
    Finland 347k Taken prior to World War I
    Photo from a rural restaurant in Virpazar, Montenegro
    Robert A. Ramik
    Finland 141k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Finland 153k Photograph shows port quarter view of SS Finland, c. 1915-1917
    Library of Congress photo LC-B2-4144-10, George Grantham Bain Collection
    Mike Green
    USS Finland (ID 4543)
    Finland 181k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Finland 72k Photographed while serving as a transport during World War I, probably in 1917. This view, which shows her in one of the experimental camouflage schemes used in about 1917, has been
    heavily retouched.
    Courtesy of the International Merchantile Marine Company, New York City.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 53905
    Naval Historical Center
    Wakiva 86k USS Alcedo (SP-166), left center, and USS Wakiva II (SP 160), at right picking up survivors in 1917. This photograph was probably taken on 28 October 1917, when these two converted yachts picked up men who had left the torpedoed transport Finland. The two-stacked ship in the center distance, beyond Alcedo's bow, appears to have four masts and is probably Finland, which survived the incident and later served as USS Finland (ID 4543). USS Alcedo was torpedoed and sunk on 5 November 1917
    Courtesy of Mr. W.D. Porter, November 1937
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 41745
    Robert Hurst
    Finland 149k In drydock at Brest, France, showing damage received when she was torpedoed on 28 October 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 53906
    Naval Historical Center
    Artemis 282k 20 December 1918
    St. Nazaire, Loire Inferieure, France
    The Princess Matoika [ID 2290], entering the locks, is passing between the transport Finland and the freighter, Artemis [ID 2187]
    U.S. Army Signal Corps photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Finland 60k Finland arriving at a U.S. east coast port with U.S. Troops from Europe, circa 1918-19 Paul E. Petoky
    Finland 297k c. 1918/1919
    Looking aft from the ship's foremast crows' nest
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 103309
    Robert Hurst
    Finland 94k Jewish Welfare Board Soldiers & Sailors Post Card. Front side of a card issued to U.S. servicemen during the World War I era. It features a view of S.S. Finland in 1918-1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 104079-KN

    Photo added 6 February 2020
    Finland 189k King George V, of England (center foreground, with beard) inspecting the armament of the American troop transport Finland, at Liverpool during World War I. Standing by the King's left shoulder is Lieutenant Commander Stanton L. H. Hazard, USN, who commanded the Navy gun crews on board the ship. The gun at left appears to be a 4"/40
    U.S. Navy photo 53907
    Naval Historical Center
    Finland 124k In port during the World War I era, probably in 1919
    Collection of Chief Warrant Officer J.B. Dofflemeyer, 1972
    U.S. Navy photo NH 83123
    Finland 137k Photographed in 1919, while employed returning U.S. troops from France to the United States
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105528
    Robert Hurst
    SS Finland
    Finland 119k Photo post card dated 1 September 1921 Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR William J. Giles, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)26 April 1918
    02LCDR James B. Hill, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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