Princess Matoika, United States Transport Ship, World War I
The Transport Princess Matoika (10,421 Tons) was a vessel with quite an interesting history. It was built by the German Government in 1910 and was christened the Princess Alice in honor of the Kaiser's eldest daughter. Japan upon her entrance into the war, seized the vessl, while she lay intererned in one of her ports. renaming it the Princess Matoika. The United States purchased the boat from the Japanese or rather traded the vessel's weight in steel for her. Following her service as a troop transport during WWI, she was renamed the SS President Arthur of the United States Lines.
Photo 01 : Homeward Bound on the Princess Matoika. Soldiers are taking a sun bath.
Photo 03 : A few of the boys in their working clothes. Taken five days before we reached France, 13 May 1919.
Photo 04 : Some of the boys we brough back. This picture was taken from B Deck looking aft on the Princess Matoika.
Photo 05 : Holy Stoning mess tables in preparation for Captains inspection
Photo 02 (Left) Lieutenants Garner (Chief Engineer) Oliver, and Dr. Levy
Photo 06 (Right) : U.SS Princess Matoika in Dry Dock at Norfolk VA, March 1919.
Photo 07 : One of the Six-Inch Guns aboard the Princess Matoika during World War I
Photo 08 : You can see the band on the left hand side of the picture. We had a concert every noon at sea. This picture was taken while in port. You can see some stewardesses in the foreground of the picture.
The above 8 photographs from the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives WWI Collection
Photo 48790 : Men of the 43rd Railway Artillery going aboard the Princess Matoika, homeward bound for the States, leaving from St. Nazaire, Loire Inferieure, France. Photo taken 20 December 1918. From the National Archives.
Photo 48792 : Princess Matoika Entering Locks at St Nazaire, Loire Inferieure, France. Photo taken 20 December 1918. From the National Archives.