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President Lincoln

Sunk 31 May 1918

Transport:

  • Built in 1907 as Scotian by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Ireland
  • Sold in 1907 to the Hamburg-American Line and renamed Berlin
  • Renamed again in 1907 to President Lincoln
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1917
  • Commissioned USS President Lincoln 25 July 1917 at Brooklyn, NY
  • Torpedoed and sunk 31 May 1918 by the German submarine U-90, 600 miles off the French coast.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 32,500 t.
  • Length 619'
  • Beam 68'
  • Draft 34'
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 430
  • Armament: Four 6" mounts
  • Propulsion: Two quadruple expansion engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    RMS Scotian
    Scotian 80k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    SS President Lincoln
    President Lincoln 80k Underway, prior to World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 41893
    Naval Historical Center
    President Lincoln 111k Underway in harbor, prior to World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 41887
    President Lincoln 195k Undated post cards Tommy Trampp
    President Lincoln 171k
    President Lincoln 140k
    President Lincoln 99k
    President Lincoln 70k Post card dated c. 1910
    President Lincoln 100k Post card dated 28 March 1911, Hudson Terminal Station, NY
    President Lincoln 74k In port, circa 1917.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103270
    Naval Historical Center
    President Lincoln 113k Underway in a harbor, prior to World War I. The original print of this photograph was found on board the ship by W.C. Lang in 1917. He donated it to the President Lincoln Club on 17 November 1931.
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. - USS President Lincoln Collection.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103352
    USS President Lincoln
    President Lincoln 110k Underway at sea during World War I. Photographed from USS Susquehanna (ID 3016), which was in convoy with President Lincoln when the latter was torpedoed and sunk on 31 May 1918.
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. - USS President Lincoln Collection.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103353
    Naval Historical Center
    President Lincoln 124k Photographed by the wireless operator of USS Rijndam (ID 2505) just after she was torpedoed on 31 May 1918. The radioman was then sending out an "S-O-S" message. President Lincoln sank about a half-hour later. The original print has been retouched to emphasize the smoke issuing from her stack.
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. - USS President Lincoln Collection.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103354
    Robert Hurst
    President Lincoln 138k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    President Lincoln 139k President Lincoln by Fred Dana March, 1920, depicting the ship sinking after she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-90 on 31 May 1918. twenty-six lives were lost with her, and one officer
    taken prisoner.
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 86494-KN
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Yates Sterling, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1892
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)Retired as Rear Admiral
    25 July 1917 - November 1917
    02CDR Percy Wright Foote, USN - USNA Class of 1901
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    November 1917 - 31 May 1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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