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USS Henry County (IX-34)

Miscellaneous Unclassified:
  • Laid down in 1919 as SS Lake Fellowship a USSB hull design #1099-A under USSB contract (USSB hull #771) at American Ship Building Col., Cleveland, OH.
  • Named changed to SS Henry County prior to launching
  • Launched, 18 October 1919
  • Completed and placed in service in November 1919
  • Placed out of service in the mid-1920s, and laid up in the James River Reserve Fleet under the custody of the US Shipping Board
  • Commissioned USS Henry County, 27 May 1930, at Portsmouth, VA., CDR. B.V. McCandlish in command
  • Decommissioned at Navy Yard Mare Island, CA., 22 August 1930 and loaned to the State of California the same day
  • Renamed TS California State, 23 January 1931
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission from the Navy, 30 June 1940
  • Renamed TS Golden State in December 1941
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission,12 August 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., name reverted to SS Henry County
  • Sold for commercial service, 19 November 1947, to the Panormitis SS Co., renamed SS Isle of Patmos
  • Reflagged Panama circa 1948
  • Resold in 1952 to Navebras SS. Co., renamed SS Santa Rosa, reflagged Brazil
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, in August 1962 in Brazil
    Displacement4,050 t.
    Length 261'
    Beam 53'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 9.5 kts
    Compliment 37
    one triple expansion steam engine
    two Scotch boilers
    single propeller, 1,500shp

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    Henry County 83k Ex-USS Henry County (IX-34) in service as TS California State serving as the training ship for the California Nautical School during the 1930's, moored date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 84190
    Mike Green
    Henry County 186k TS California State under way, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 85273. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1977.
    Mike Green
    Henry County 144k TS California State moored at Washington Navy Yard, 7 April 1932, after a cruise around South America from her home station on the West Coast. While at Washington this newly-converted Merchant Marine training ship was to be inspected by government officials and her crew was to be received by President Hoover.
    US Navy photo courtesy
    Mike Green
    Henry County 77k TS California State moored pierside at Naval Station Washington D.C., 19 March 1940.
    AP Wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    Henry County 114k Ex-TS Golden State coming out of drydock at Bethlehem Steel Company's Alameda Repair Yard at the end of November 1947 during her outfitting for merchant service as SS Isle of Patmos. Note that most of her hull portholes and superstructure windows are in the process of being blanked out. Photographed by Albert C. Silveria of San Francisco. Source Shipscribe Mike Green

    USS Henry County (IX-34)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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