USS Santa Rosalia

U.S. Navy service.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Santa Rosalia
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: William Hampton and Company, Ltd., Port Glasgow, Scotland
Launched: 21 September 1911
Completed: October 1911
Acquired: 20 May 1918
Commissioned: 20 May 1918
Decommissioned: 26 June 1919
Fate: Transferred to United States Shipping Board for simultaneous return to owners 26 June 1919
Notes: In commercial service as SS Santa Rosalia 1903-1918 and 1919-1929, and as SS Stefanos Costomenis 1929-1936
Foundered 18 February 1936
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 5,409 gross tons
Displacement: 11,500 tons
Length: 419 ft 0 in (127.71 m)
Beam: 52 ft 7 in (16.03 m)
Draft: 24 ft 7 in (7.49 m) (mean)
Propulsion: triple expansion steam engine, one shaft
Speed: 10 knots (maximum)
Complement: 62
Armament: 1 x 5-inch (127-millimeter) gun
1 x 3-inch (76.2-millimeter) gun

USS Santa Rosalia (ID-1503) was a United States Navy cargo ship in commission from 1918 to 1919.

SS Santa Rosalia was built at Port Glasgow, Scotland, by William Hampton and Company, Ltd. as a commercial cargo ship. Launched on 21 September 1911, she was completed in October 1911. The United States Steel Products Company of New York City purchased her in 1914. After the United States entered World War I in 1917, the U.S. Navy inspected her for possible naval service sometime in 1917 or 1918. The United States Shipping Board chartered Santa Rosalia for World War I service on 20 May 1918 and transferred her to U.S. Navy control. The Navy assigned her the naval registry Identification Number (Id. No.) 1503 and commissioned her the same day as USS Santa Rosalia at New Orleans, Louisiana.

Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Santa Rosalia departed New Orleans on 1 June 1918 for Hampton Roads, Virginia, where she loaded general United States Army supplies. Steaming in convoy for France on 19 June 1918, she reached Brest, France, on 9 July 1918 and proceeded to Gironde to discharge her cargo. She got underway for the United States on 3 August 1918 and arrived at Baltimore, Maryland, on 20 August 1918.

On 26 August 1918, Santa Rosalia headed for New York City for repairs before departing Norfolk, Virginia, in convoy for Europe early in October 1918. She reached Brest on 28 October 1918,then proceeded to St. Nazaire, France. On 11 November 1918, while Santa Rosalia was unloading her cargo there, the armistice with Germany was signed, ending World War I.

Santa Rosalia got underway for Baltimore on 14 November 1918 and arrived there on 5 December 1918. After transferring from a U.S. Army to a United States Shipping Board account, she proceeded to New York to take on a cargo of general supplies. She stood out to sea on 19 January 1919, arriving at St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands on 25 January 1919. On 27 January 1919, she departed St. Thomas for Montevideo, Uruguay, where she arrived on 18 February 1919. After unloading there, she took on a cargo and returned to New York. She again returned to New York, from a similar round-trip voyage to Montevideo on 6 June 1919.

Santa Rosalia was decommissioned at New York on 26 June 1919. She was transferred to the United States Shipping Board the same day for simultaneous return to the United States Steel Products Company.

The ship returned to commercial service as SS Santa Rosalia. United States Steel Products sold her in 1929 to E. G. Culucundis and Costomeni of Syros, Greece, which renamed her SS Stefanos Costomenis.

During a voyage from Tampa, Florida, to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with a cargo of phosphates, Stefanos Costomenis was abandoned and foundered on 18 February 1936.[1]



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