WW1 photo postcard of convoy of USA troop ships at sea c.1918/19

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Photo of a line of 12 American troop ships under steam in the Atlantic. 

Labeled at bottom on negative (some lettering unreadable because of background)

The Zealandia   Kurisky   Dante Aligiri   Rathburne Siboney ----- Kroonland  Pres. Grant  Mongolia  America & Calhoon
A.R.A.  L9


Back paper remnants on back where glued into album. Toned.

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the card for sale)

The American Recreation Association (ARA). For the comfort and benefit of all U.S. military personnel in training camps, on ships, and in military bases overseas, the A-R-A (among others) published a series of sepia-and-white, numbered, divided back, real photo postcards, showing some of the American Troopships that ferried more than 2 million soldiers and sailors to Europe and home again between 1917 to 1919.


After the United States entered World War I, Kroonland served as a troopship for the U.S. Army and Navy. She made six trips carrying troops to France before the Armistice and eight voyages after, transporting nearly 38,000 troops in total.

USS Siboney was a ship transport for the United States Navy during World War I…made 17 transatlantic voyages for the navy carrying troops to and from Europe, and had the shortest average in-port turnaround time of all navy transports.

In March 1917, following the German declaration of a submarine blockade around Britain, Mongolia was chartered as an Army transport…For the next year, Mongolia ferried American troops and supplies to Europe. On 27 April 1918, the US Navy requisitioned the vessel, reconfigured her for greater troop capacity, and commissioned her on 8 May as USS Mongolia (ID-1615). In all, she completed twelve turnarounds at an average duration of 34 days and transporting over 33,000 passengers, before being decommissioned on 11 September 1919.

USS Colhoun (DD-85/APD-2) was a Wickes-class destroyer…Launched in 1918, she remained on convoy duty for the final few months of World War I,

…she was commissioned USS President Grant on 2 August 1917…she made sixteen round trips between New York and ports of France, carrying a total of 40,104 servicemen on her eastbound passage, and a total of 37,025 servicemen on her westbound returns to New York