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Santa Rosa (ID 2169)

Navy call sign (Early 1919):
George - Fox - Quack - Dog

Navy call sign (Late 1919):
Nan - Easy - Boy - Pup

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - Rush - Boy

Santa Rosa served both the U. S. Army and Navy


  • Built in 1917 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA
  • Acquired by the Army 29 August 1917
  • Transferred to the Navy 10 March 1919 and commissioned USS Santa Rosa (ID 2169) the same day
  • Struck from the Navy Register 27 October 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Sold to the American Hawaiian Steamship Company and renamed Oregonian
  • Sunk by German torpedo planes 13 September 1942, while en route to Archangel, Russia, with Convoy PQ-18.


  • Displacement 6,415 t.
  • Length 404' 7"
  • Beam 53' 10"
  • Draft 26.2'
  • Complement 41
  • Propulsion: One 3,000ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Santa Rosa 119k

    Santa Rosa. Rose of Lima (30 April 1586 24 August 1617) was a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru, who became known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts. A lay member of the Dominican Order, she was declared a saint by the Catholic Church, being the first person born in the Americas to be canonized as such

    Tommy Trampp
    Santa Rosa 100k Returning to the United States with troops on board, 1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 70460
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Allen S. Bragg, USNRF10 March 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Santa Rosa, a steel-hulled, single screw steamer built in 1917 by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, Pa., was taken over by the United States Army from the Grace Line on 29 August 1917 and operated by the Army Transport Service carrying troops and equipment across the Atlantic through the end of World War I.

    Transferred to the Navy on 10 March 1919, she continued making transatlantic runs until she was returned to the Grace Line on 27 October 1919.

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