USS DeKalb

USS DeKalb.jpg

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Title

USS DeKalb

Description

Launched in 1904 as the Prinz Eitel Friedrich for a German cruise line, ship eventually was impounded by the U.S. during World War I, refitted as a troop transport ship, and re-launched as the DeKalb in 1917. After Armistice it was operated by an American cruise line between 1920-25 before getting scrapped in 1934.

The photograph is of interest because it has been painted using the artist William A. Mackay's "disruptive coloration" camouflage scheme. It is shown here in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. New Deal Gallery artist Thomas Casilear Cole was one of Mackay's pupils and assigned to the US Navy's Bureau of Construction and Repair during 1918. Such measures were critical due to German submarine attacks, for example a June 1918 convoy that included the DeKalb.

Publisher

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

Date

1918-02-18

Contributor

Cooper, Ken

Source

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Item #NH 54662

Format

jpeg, 956 KB

Type

Photograph

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Original Format

Photograph