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The dazzle ship HMS Justicia photographed from the USS St. Louis. Launched on July 9, 1914 as SS Statendam for the Holland America line, the ship was requisitioned by the British government and used as a troop transport. It sank on July 22, 1918 after a 24-hour fight with German submarines.
Text, handwritten: USS St Louis  & H.M.S. Justicia

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U.S.S. St Louis and Justisia convoyed to ? England loaded with American troops We left Halifax Canada May 5 - 1918

The dazzle ship HMS Justicia photographed from the USS St. Louis. Launched on July 9, 1914 as SS Statendam for the Holland America line, the ship was requisitioned by the British government and used as a troop transport. It sank on July 22, 1918 after a 24-hour fight with German submarines.

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Handwritten: USS St Louis & H.M.S. Justicia



Reverse, Handwritten: U.S.S. St Louis and Justisia convoyed to ? England loaded with American troops We left Halifax Canada May 5 - 1918

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Monday, July 22, 1918

"Depredations of U-boats off Cape Cod were reported in 1918. In view of thousands along the beach, a German submarine shelled and burned a tugboat and sank three barges without warning. Of the 41 persons on board these craft, three men were wounded. Two hydroplanes from the Chatham aviation station, circling over the U-boat, caused her to submerge, only to reappear and resume firing.

On July 22d, after a 24-hours' fight with submarines, the White Star liner Justicia sank off the Irish Coast. Four hundred of the passengers and crew were saved."

Quotation Context

Chatham, Massachusetts is the southeastern-most town on Cape Cod. Further north in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Guglielmo Marconi built one of his first three wireless stations (the other two being in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and Poldhu, England). SS Justicia was sailing from Belfast to New York when she was hit, first by UB-64 with four torpedoes, then by UB-124 the following morning. Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Justicia; July 19, 2018) dates the attacks on July 19 and 20, 1918.

Source

King's Complete History of the World War by W.C. King, page 511, copyright © 1922, by W.C. King, publisher: The History Associates, publication date: 1922

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