U.S.S. Maui Troopship Postcard

[Postcard of USS Maui]

This real photo picture postcard is a companion to my other card of the U.S.S. Rijndam. It shows the U.S.S. Maui, a troopship used during the First World War by the United States. The name of the ship is handwritten on the photographic negative, along with the line: "Ship That Brought Us Home". It is probable that these postcards were sold to returning troops by an enterprising photographer. I have seen picture postcards, such as this one, as well as full-size photographs of the ships.

This ship was attached to the U. S. fleet from the Matson Navigation Company, the primary shipping company serving the Hawaiian Islands, and went into service as a troopship in March 1918. With a displacement of 17,500 tons, she could carry nearly 3,500 soldiers. During the War period, she transported about 11,000 troops to Europe, and after the Armistice, carried about 25,000 troops back from Europe. Based on the caption, I would guess that this card was associated only with the returning troops.

The Maui was returned to the Matson Navigation Company in August 1919.

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