TIP | Titanic Related Ships | Salem | U.S. Navy


U.S. Navy

Image of USS Salem (U.S. Navy)

Length: 423 feet, 1 inch
Breadth: 47 feet, 1 inch
Draft (or Depth): 19 feet, 3 inch
Tonnage: 3,810 tons (normal displacement), 4,687 tons (full load)
Engines: Curtis turbines; 12 Fore River boilers; 2 screws; 16,000 h.p.
Speed: 26 knots
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company, Fore River Yard, Quincy, Massachusetts
Launched: June 27, 1907
Maiden Voyage: April 25, 1908 (commissioned)
Disposition: February 11, 1930 (sold for scrap)

Port of Registry:
Flag of Registry: United States
Funnel color: Grey
Company flag: US Flag
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters: N R Z
Details: United States Navy Scout Cruiser; Cost (exclusive of armament): approx. $1,300,000; maximum coal carried: 1,375 tons; Average coal consumption, 24 hours at 20 knots: 154 tons Complement: 373 enlisted and officers.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Dispatched from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to stand by the liner Carpathia during her return to New York and, with the USS Chester, to offer necessary assistance.

Actually, Salem stood by off the Nantucket Light Vessel and helped forward Carpathia's wireless messages as relayed by the Chester to land stations.


August 28, 1905

Laid down.

June 27, 1907


April 25, 1908


June, 1909

Joined the Scout Cruiser Division.

April 23, 1914

Assigned to Special Services Squadron for service off Vera Cruz, Mexico.

April 23, 1917

Decommissioned. At Boston Navy Yard, original Curtis turbines replaced with General Electric turbines.

March 12-27, 1918

Service in North Atlantic and Caribbean.


Steamed to U. S. west coast (Mare Island, California).

August 16, 1921

Decommissioned at Mare Island.

November 13, 1929

Struck from Naval Vessel Register.

February 11, 1930

Sold for scrap to D. G. Seagraves, San Francisco, California.


Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.