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Re: USS Yale/Harrisburg?
You’re mixing up two entirely different ships. HARRISBURG was the former CITY OF PARIS built in 1889, later serving as USS YALE, in the Spanish American War, but subsequently renamed HARRISBURG. Sister CITY OF NEW YORK built the around the same time became USS HARVARD, then later USS PLATTSBURG.
The YALE in your photos was the coastal steamer built in 1906.
A friend of mine in UK sent me these two rather faded postcards with original hand written captions:
Harvard and Yale were former Inman Line (of Liverpool) 3 funneled liners completed 1888/89. In 1893 they were sold to the American shipping company American Line being renamed New York and Paris. In 1898 both were called up as troop transports during the Spanish American war thereafter returning to civilian service. Modernised 1900/01 they lost one funnel.
In 1917-19 they again served as transports under the names Plattsburg and Harrisburg. Both scrapped in 1923.
So I'm guessing the picture in camouflage but with 2 funnels will date to 1917/18 - when Yale was Harrisburg. If indeed the caption on the card is correct?