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USS Minnesotan (ID 4545)

Navy call sign:
George - Boy - King - Nan

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Cast - Nan - Vice

ex-USAT Minnesotan

Minnesotan served both the U. S. Army and Navy


  • Built in 1912 by the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD
  • Launched 8 June 1912
  • Sponsored by Miss Lubelle Shepard
  • Completed in September 1912
  • Acquired by the Army 11 September 1917 and named USAT Minnesotan
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 August 1918 and commissioned USS Minnesotan (ID 4545) the same day at Norfolk, VA
  • Decommissioned 21 August 1919 and transferred to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owners
  • Sold in July 1949 to the Italian Societa per Azioni and renamed Maria Luisa R.
  • Scrapped in 1952 at Bari, Italy.


  • Displacement 14,375 t.
  • Length 429' 9"
  • Beam 53' 6"
  • Draft 29' 6"
  • Speed 12 kts.;
  • Complement 88
  • Armament: One 4" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: Two oil fired boilers, one 4,000ihp quadruple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Minnesotan
    Minnesotan 79k Photographed prior to her World War I era Naval service, possibly when she was inspected by the 4th Naval District on 26 January 1916
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65127
    Naval Historical Center
    Minnesotan 117k Photographed prior to World War I.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103053
    Robert Hurst
    USS Minnesotan (ID 4545)
    Minnesotan 119k Arriving in a U.S. port, while bringing American troops home from Europe in 1919. Location may be Charleston, South Carolina.
    Panoramic photograph by Sargeant, Columbia, S.C.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104445
    Robert Hurst
    Minnesotan 132k Homeward bound U.S. troops ready to board the ship in a French port, 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107047
    Minnesotan 135k View of Dry Dock No. 2 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, and its surroundings, 15 August 1919. Present in the dry dock are USS Lake Gedney (ID 3765-C), in center, and Minnesotan, partially visible at right. Both ships were being prepared for decommissioning. In the distance is the Reserve Basin, with several older battleships visible, among them USS Iowa (Battleship No. 4)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42572
    Naval Historical Center
    Minnesotan 139k Being prepared for decommissioning, in Dry Dock No. 2 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 15 August 1919.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 46031
    SS Minnesotan
    Minnesotan 250k Undated postcards David Upton
    Minnesotan 286k

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