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Susquehanna (ID 3016)

Call sign (1926):
Love - Tare - Nan - Sail


  • The second Susquehanna was built in 1899 as Rhein by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany
  • Launched 20 September 1899
  • Seized by the United States 6 April 1917 at Baltimore, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Susquehanna (ID 3016), 5 September 1917 at Norfolk, VA
  • Decommissioned 27 August 1919 and transferred to the United States Shipping Board
  • Struck from the Navy Register 16 September 1919
  • Converted for commercial use, she operated briefly in 1920 - 1922 but was then laid up
  • Registered in 1926 to the United States Shipping Board as a passenger ship, homeported at New York, NY
  • Sold for scrap to Japanese shipbreakers in November 1928.


  • Displacement 17,857 t.
    1926 - 9,959 T.
  • Length 520'
    1926 - 500.8'
  • Beam 58' 1"
    1926 - 58.5'
  • Draft 28'
    1926 - 28.7'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 514
    1926 - 156
  • Armament: Four 6"/40 mounts, two 1-pounders and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two double ended, and two single ended boilers, two vertical quadruple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Rhein
    Susquehanna 113k Undated postcard Tommy Trampp
    Susquehanna 447k Photo from "Passenger Liners of the World Since 1893" (1979) by Nicholas T. Cairis
    Susquehanna 50k This tobacco card was issued by Ogdens Ltd in the U.K. in 1902 and came from the set entitled "Ogdens Guinea Golds" New Series 1.
    Susquehanna 244k 15 April 1908
    Dinner menu
    Susquehanna 133k
    Susquehanna 415k A family photo of Austrian Jews immigrating to Philadelphia in 1913.
    Left to right: Minnie Zinn, Abe Milgraum, Tante (Aunt) Chava Zinn, Reba Milgraum and Bella Zinn. Standing in front: Harry Zinn
    Nick Block
    USS Susquehanna (ID 3016)
    Susquehanna 34k Unidentified crewman Tommy Trampp
    Susquehanna 26k Postcard with inscription on back "Ed Larkin taken in the year 1918 on the boat Susquehanna"
    Susquehanna 117k Underway, circa 1917-1919.
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 43544
    Naval Historical Center
    Susquehanna 34k Under tow by French tug at St Nazaire, France, 17 January 1919
    Photo Q 70873 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums part of the American First World War Official Exchange Collection
    Robert Hurst
    Susquehanna 87k Underway, circa 1919, with her decks crowded with troops returning home from France.
    Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia.
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1972.
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 58840
    Naval Historical Center
    Susquehanna 104k In port, 1919.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104120
    Robert Hurst
    Susquehanna 105k In port prior to the removal of her guns, circa early 1919
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105839
    Susquehanna 111k Coaling, 1919 with two coal barges alongside, one marked "A.T.S." and another with mechanical coaling apparatus installed
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105973

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT Zachariah Harvey Madison, USN - USNA Class of 1899
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1920) - Retired as Captain
    5 September 1917 - 22 August 1918
    02CDR Allen Bevins Reed, USN - USNA Class of 1904
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1920) - Retired as Captain
    22 August 1918 - 27 August 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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