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St. Louis

American Line

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Length: 554 ft.
Breadth: 63 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 30 ft.
Tonnage: 11,629 (gross)
Speed: 20 knots
Builder: William Cramp & Sons Building & Engine Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Launched: November 12, 1894
Maiden Voyage:
Disposition: .

Port of Registry: New York, U.S.A
Flag of Registry: U.S.
Funnel color: Black; white band below black top
Company flag: White with large blue eagle at center
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters: M S L
Details: Steel hull; two funnels; two masts; twin screw


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Mentioned during the testimony of Walter Wynn at the British Inquiry, as well as by Edward Wilding during his testimony and Frederick Sammis during his testimony at the U.S. Inquiry.


November 12, 1894

Launched by William Cramp & Sons Building & Engine Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the American Line.


Requisitioned by the United States Navy for use during the Spanish–American War as USS St. Louis.


Requisitioned again during World War I. Renamed USS Louisville.

September 2, 1919

Returned to her owners.

January 1920

While being refurbished at a Hoboken, New Jersey shipyward a workers torch touched off a fire that quickly got out of control. It was decided to scuttle the vessel and allow the fire to burn itself out. After being raised it was decided she was too old to justify repair and she should be scrapped.

Over the next five years under numerous owners nothing was done with the ship.


Sold to Italian ship breakers for scrapping.


Image Courtesy: Old Ship Photo Galleries (www.photoship.co.uk) Used with permission.