From the private collection of Simon Bang. The HAVANA at Veracruz, Mexico.
HAVANA, a 6391 gross ton passenger steamship, was built in 1906 by the William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Owned by the New York & Cuba Mail Steamship Company, she operated commercially until 1917. At about that time the War Department took her over for use as a U.S. Army Transport, but she was transferred to the Navy in mid-July 1917 and, following conversion to a hospital ship, became USS Comfort in 1918.
She reverted to civilian employment in about 1928, initially as S.S. HAVANA and later as S.S. YUCATAN and S.S. AGWILEON. During and shortly after World War II she served as the U.S. Army Transport AGWILEON and the Army Hospital Ship SHAMROCK. The old ship was sold for scrapping in 1948.
Year: 1907 – Name: HAVANA – Type: Passenger/cargo (rf) – Launch Date: 15.10.06 – Flag: USA – Date of completion: 1.07 – GRT: 6391 – Yard No: 340 – LPP: 125.9 – Country of build: USA – Beam: 15.3 – Builder: Wm Cramp & Sons – Location of yard: Philadelphia – Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn): 2T-17
Subsequent History: [served as a hospital ship 1920-27] – 18 COMFORT – 27 HAVANA – 35 YUCATAN – 41 AGWILEON – 43 SHAMROCK
Disposal Data: BU San Francisco 1947 [Walter W.Johnson Co]
“Source : Miramar Ship Index, by arrangement”