SS Hudson Archival Collection

SS New Rochelle (1920), the Future SS Hudson (1921) of the United States Shipping Board.

SS New Rochelle (1920), the Future SS Hudson (1921) of the United States Shipping Board. Photo by Bains News Service. Library of Congress LCN 2014711411. GGA Image ID # 1de1e044aa

Hudson (1899) United States Mail Steamship Co.

Built by "Vulkan", Stettin, Germany. Tonnage: 9,699. Dimensions: 499' x 60'. Twin-screw, 16 knots. Quadruple expansion engines. Two masts and two funnels. Commenced service in May 1921. Transferred to United States Lines in August 1921. Renamed: President Fillmore (1922). Fate: Scrapped in 1928. Ex-New Rochelle (1921), ex-Powhatan (1920), ex-Hamburg (1916).

The SS Hudson by Any Other Name

  • SS Bavaria, Hamburg-American Line (1899) Pre-Launch
  • SS Hamburg, Hamburg-American Line (1900-1914)
  • SS Red Cross, Hamburg-American Line (1914) Chartered to the US Red Cross
  • SS Hamburg, Hamburg-American Line (1914-1917)
  • SS Powhatan, US Navy Hospital Ship and Troop Carrier (1917-1920)
  • SS New Rochelle, US Shipping Board (1920)
  • SS Hudson, United States Mail Steamship Company (1921)
  • SS President Fillmore, United States Lines (1922-1924)
  • SS President Fillmore, Dollar Steamship Line (1924-1928)

 

Passage Contracts, Tickets, and Receipts

 

Front Side, SS Hudson Passenger Manifest, United States Mail Steamship Company, 22 June 1921.

SS Hudson Passage Contract Manifest - 22 June 1921

Rare Passenger Manifest / Passage Contract for the 22 June 1922 Voyage on board the SS Hudson of the United States Mail Steamship Company, Inc. from Bremen to New York for Yugoslavian Immigrant Theresia Floc and Daughter.

 

The Meandering History of the SS Hudson

The history of SS Hudson is quite complex. She was born as the SS Bavaria before being renamed SS Hamburg before launching in 1899.

While chartered by the American Red Cross during World War I, she was commissioned by the US Navy and renamed SS Powhatan to carry troops between France and the US.

SS Powhatan was decommissioned after the war in 1919 and, in August 1920, was renamed New Rochelle.

She sailed under charter to the United States Mail Steamship Company Inc. and was renamed SS Hudson in May 1921.

SS Hudson was renamed one last time to SS President Fillmore in 1922.

 

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