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USS Mexican (ID 1655)

Navy call sign (1917):
George - Quack - Mike - Rush

Navy call sign (1919):
Nan - Able - Mike - George

ex-USAT Mexican

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


  • Built in 1907 by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA
  • Acquired by the War Department 10 December 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 December 1917 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 4 August 1919 and returned to her owners, the American Hawaiian Steamship Co.
  • Scrapped in 1948.


  • Displacement 19,550 t.
  • Length 488' 3"
  • Beam 57' 2"
  • Draft 32'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 108
  • Armament: One 6"/50 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Four single ended and one auxiliary boiler, two 1,600ihp vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Mexican
    Mexican 200k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Mexican 110k In port, possibly when she was inspected by the 12th Naval District on 10 June 1917
    U. S. Navy Photo NH 65104
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Mexican (ID 1655)
    Mexican 72k Shane Olson
    Mexican 88k Photographed circa late 1918, possibly while undergoing conversion from an animal transport to a troopship. She appears to in the process of having her World War I "dazzle" camouflage replaced by an overall gray color scheme. The reverse of photo bears the following penciled inscription: "Left St. Nazair (sic) France Apr. 3 1918 in U.S. Ship Mexican."
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103457
    Robert Hurst
    Mexican 143k Panoramic photograph of the ship at St. Nazaire, France, in 1919, while serving as a troop transport. USS Roanoke (ID 1695), a former minelayer also employed as a troop transport, is
    at right
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Lieutenant Charles Dutreaux
    U. S. Navy Photo NH 99394
    Naval Historical Center
    Mexican 205k Probably at St. Nazaire, France, with two children in the foreground, and homeward-bound troops on the ship's decks, circa 11 June 1919
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105718
    Robert Hurst
    Mexican 141k Troops boarding the ship for passage home, 1919. Probably taken at St. Nazaire, France
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105873
    Mexican 121k Homeward-bound troops boarding the ship in a French port (probably St. Nazaire) 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107057
    Mexican 120k Arriving at New York with homeward-bound troops on board, 1919
    Donation of Charles R Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105771
    SS Mexican
    Mexican 71k c. 1924
    Photo from
    Robert Hurst
    Mexican 160k Saratoga (CV-3) in drydock at Hunters Point, San Francisco, California, circa the early 1930s. Mexican is in the right distance
    Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 94849
    Mexican 172k Mexican was used as a mule transport for much of World War II
    U.S. Army Military History Institute photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Crosby Aston Keene, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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