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City of South Haven (ID 2527)

Cross Channel Transport:

  • Built in 1903 by the Craig Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, OH for Dunkley-Williams and Co. of South Haven, MI
  • Sold in 1906 to the Chicago and South Haven Steamship Co. of Chicago, IL
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 April 1918
  • Commissioned USS City of South Haven (ID 2527), 2 November 1918
  • Struck from the Navy list 27 September 1919
  • Decommissioned 3 December 1919 and returned to her owners
  • Sold 30 October 1919 to the Goodrich Transit Co. of Chicago
  • Sold again in 1919 to J.G. Crosby of Chicago
  • Sold 3 February 1920 to the Havana-American Steamship Co. of Miami, FL and renamed City of Miami
  • Sold 21 May 1920 to A.O. Anderson and Co. of Miami
  • Resold 17 June 1920 back to the Havana-American Steamship Co.
  • Sold by the U.S. Marshal Service 6 November 1922 to the O'Brien Bros. Towing Co. of Miami
  • Sold 16 November 1922 to the Havana Navigation Corp. of Miami
  • Sold in 1923 to the Crosby Transportation Co. of Milwaukee, WI and renamed E. G. Crosby
  • Sold in 1924 to the Wisconsin and Michigan Transportation Co. of Milwaukee
  • Laid up in 1931
  • Burned 3 December 1935 in a bone yard at Sturgeon Bay, WI and suffered massive fire damage
  • Scrapped in 1942.


  • Displacement 1,719 t.
  • Length 265'
  • Beam 40' 3"
  • Draft 12' 9"
  • Speed 18.2 kts.
  • Complement 81
  • Propulsion: Six Deering boilers, one 2,000hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    City of South Haven
    City of South Haven 64k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    City of South Haven 141k Underway prior to World War I, with her decks crowded with passengers
    Photographed by Hanselman, Manistee, Michigan
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101400
    Naval Historical Center
    City of South Haven 315k Post card dated 26 June 1913 Tommy Trampp
    City of South Haven 97k Photographed before her acquisition by the Navy in April 1918 and her conversion for Navy use at Chicago.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105241
    Robert Hurst
    USS City of South Haven (ID 2527)
    City of South Haven 129k In drydock, painted in pattern camouflage, circa November 1918.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 101399
    Robert Hurst

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