2nd USS America
2nd USS America

The second USS America was launched in 1905 and started her life as SS Amerika, a German passenger liner. She sailed primarily between Hamburg and New York until the onset of World War I. She was eventually seized by the United States in Boston and later transferred to the U.S. Navy to be commissioned as USS America (Id. No. 3006), a troop transport. During her service, she conducted nine round-trip voyages during World War I and a further eight after the Armistice, transporting nearly 90, 000 American troops to and from Europe. Transferred to the War Department in 1919, America served as a U.S. Army Transport until 1920. Reconditioned to return to service as a passenger liner, the ship operated in that capacity until 1932. Taken from the reserve fleet, America was renamed Edmund B. Alexander in 1940, and served again, first as a stationary barracks ship then again as a transport, until 1949. Ultimately, she was scrapped in 1957. For more history on the second USS America visit the Navy Archive page at http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/a8/america-ii.htm.

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