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American (ID 2292)

Civilian call sign:
King - Quack - Jig - Nan


  • The second American was built in 1900 by the Delaware River Shipbuilding Co., Chester, PA
  • Delivered in October 1900
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 May 1918
  • Commissioned USS American (ID 2292), 25 May 1918
  • Returned to her previous owners, the Hawaiian Steamship Co., 4 March 1919
  • Struck from the Navy list 14 March 1919
  • Renamed Honolulan in 1925
  • Scrapped at Osaka, Japan in 1926.


  • Displacement 13,000 t.
  • Length 430'
  • Beam 51'
  • Draft 28'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 5" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 3,000ihp triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS American
    American 96k Photographed in port, probably at New York between February and May 1918. Note the ship's name in raised letters just below the deck edge
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 100116
    Naval Historical Center
    SS Honolulan
    American 251k Post card Tommy Trampp

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