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Re: USS Yale/Harrisburg?
Many thanks Paul and Chris. I found a Yale in Kludas Vol 1 (ex City of Paris) and saw she'd served in 1898 (as USS Yale) and again in 1917/19 (as USS Harrisburg) as a transport. But in civilian service from 1901 was the Philadelphia. Leaving the name Yale free for further use. As it clearly was.
I guess the images are not especially rare but how they ended up in a Midlands English town is a mystery
So the caption was right all along and I managed to jump to the wrong conclusion. That's why my first name is not Sherlock!
The photo show Yale built 1906 by Delaware River Iron Shipbuilding and Engine Works as a coastal passenger liner. Sister was Harvard. Both started on the New York to Boston run but were soon sold to the Pacific Steamship Company and transferred to west coast routes.
Yale was in service as a troop ship in WW1. Then back into civil service on the west coast until WW2. She was taken back into service as USS Greyhound IX-106 and was mostly used as a floating barracks. Post-war sold for scrap.
Sister Harvard similar history though she was renamed USS Charles for WW1. She was grounded off Point Arguello in May 1931.
I did SS Harvard as California Models #16. USS Greyhound as CA 16B. Eventually will do USS Yale in dazzle scheme as a trooper.
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?