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Rijndam (ID 2505)


  • Built in 1901 by Harland and Wolf Ltd., Belfast, Ireland
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 May 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 22 October 1919 at New York returned to her owner, the Nederlandsche-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Mastschappij (Dutch-American Steam Navigation Company)
  • Sold to Dutch shipbreakers and scrapped in January 1929.


  • Displacement 23,650 t.
  • Length 560'
  • Beam 62' 3"
  • Draft 32' 3"
  • Depth of hold 26' 2"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 636
  • Armament: Four 6"/50 mounts, two 1-pounders and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three double ended and three single ended boilers, two 3,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Rijndam
    Rijndam 334k Photo from "Passenger Liners of the World Since 1893" (1979) by Nicholas T. Cairis Tommy Trampp
    Rijndam 221k Post card postmarked 11 October 1914, Boston, MA
    Rijndam 82k Photograph of the ship's starboard stern area, taken prior to her World War I Naval service, possibly when she was inspected by the Third Naval District in the New York area on 23 March 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99328
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Rijndam (ID 2505)
    Rijndam 56k At the New York Navy Yard after being painted in dazzle type camouflage, 1918. The barge Arthur (probably a different barge than the U.S. Navy's Arthur, (ID 1730) is alongside her bow, and the barge Henrietta Long is second outboard on the starboard side of the transport at right. Note: The subject of this photo has long been identified as USS
    Rijnland (ID 2718)
    , which was a freighter, not a transport. The ship seen closely resembles Rijndam, and is almost certainly her
    U.S. Navy photo NH 329
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Rijndam 92k In port, circa 1919.
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 78284
    Rijndam 106k Off New York City, circa 1919.
    Photographed by E. Muller, Jr.
    Collection of Captain Glenn Howell, 1974.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 83195
    Rijndam 74k Written on back of post card, "Came home on this ship, 1919 May 31st." Tommy Trampp
    Rijndam 116k Underway in 1919. The original photograph is printed on post card stock, and was mailed by a soldier at Camp Merritt, New Jersey, with a message dated 30 June 1919
    Donation Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105900
    Robert Hurst
    Rijndam 87k In port, 1919
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106698
    Rijndam 85k Docking at St. Nazaire, France, 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107023

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR John Joseph Hannigan, USN - USNA Class of 1901
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1919)
    1 May 1918 - 1919
    02CDR William Lee Pryor, USN - USNA Class of 19021919 - 22 October 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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