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Old S.S. Mongolia Cruise Ship or Ocean Liner Advertising Souvenir Post Card
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The picture below shows a larger front and back view of this Old S.S. Mongolia Cruise Ship or Ocean Liner Advertising Souvenir Post Card. This post card is not dated but it is believed to be from the early 1900s. It has a color image of some people on the deck of the ship and an inset picture of San Francisco Bay in California. The post card was never mailed but it has a written name on the back. It is marked as follows:


The postcard measures 5-7/16'' x 3-3/8''. It appears to be in good condition as pictured. There is light wear, rounded corners, and a crease in the lower left corner.

Below here, for reference, is some additional information about the S.S. Mongolia:

S.S. Mongolia (1903)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
United States
Ordered: 18 December 1900
Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden
Yard number: 5
Laid down: 7 June 1902
Launched: 25 July 1903
Completed: January 1904
Commissioned: May 1918
Decommissioned: September 1919
Maiden voyage: 7 May 1904
In service: 1903 - 1946
Renamed: President Fillmore (1929), Panamanian (1940)
Fate: Scrapped 1946 (Shanghai, China)

General characteristics
Tonnage: 13,369 gross tons
Displacement: 26,500 tons
Length: 615 feet 8 inches (187.66 m)
Beam: 65 feet 0 inches (19.81 m)
Draft: 33 feet 6 inches (10.21 m)
Propulsion: Scotch boilers, steam quadruple expansion engines (10,000 shaft HP at 80 RPM); twin screws
Speed: 16 knots
Capacity: 1,712 passengers (as S.S. Mongolia), 4,800 troops (as U.S.S. Mongolia), Crew: 130
Armament: (March 1917 - September 1919) 3 - 6"/40 caliber guns with Navy gun crews

SS Mongolia was a 13,369 ton passenger and cargo liner originally built for Pacific Mail Steamship Company in 1904. She later sailed as USS Mongolia (ID-1615) for the U.S. Navy, as S.S. President Fillmore for the Dollar Line and as S.S. Panamanian for Cia Transatlantica Centroamericano.

Originally laid down as Minnelora on 7 June 1902 in Shipway J at New York Shipbuilding in Camden, New Jersey for the Atlantic Transport Line, she was purchased by E. H. Harriman's Pacific Mail Steamship Company for its San Francisco Far East service, and renamed Mongolia. The 616 foot vessel was contract #5 for the young company, and the first passenger cargo liner built by the firm. She was launched on July 25, 1903 and christened by Miss Lucy Bell Kennedy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A sister ship, Manchuria, was ordered at the same time and delivered three months after Mongolia. Both ships were used on the trans Pacific service (Hong Kong, Hawaii, San Francisco) from 1904 to 1915. The accommodations of both ships reflected the importance of Chinese emigration to shipping lines of that era: 350 first class, 68 second class, and 1,300 steerage.

In early August 1915, Pacific Mail announced it could not affordably meet the language clause of the Seamen's Act in the Far East and intended to cease commercial shipping operations there. Later that month, the company sold five of its liners, including Mongolia to Atlantic Transport Line, for whom she plied the New York - London route.

In March 1917, following the German declaration of a submarine blockade around Britain, Mongolia was chartered as an Army transport and received a self defense armament of three 6 inch (150 mm) deck guns manned by U.S. Navy gun crews. One month later, Mongolia became the first American vessel to test the blockade, using those guns to drive off (and possibly sink) a U-boat seven miles southeast of Beachy Head, in the English Channel. That was the first armed encounter for an American vessel after the U.S.'s entry to World War I. For the next year, Mongolia ferried American troops and supplies to Europe. Two American nurses, Edith Ayers and Helen Wood, were accidentally killed during one of these crossings, and another was wounded. During the afternoon of 20 May 1917, the nurses were on the deck of the Mongolia, observing the firing of the aft 6 inch gun, when they were struck by fragments of the shell's brass casing.

On 27 April 1918, the U.S. Navy requisitioned the vessel, reconfigured her for greater troop capacity, and commissioned her on 8 May as the U.S.S. Mongolia (ID-1615). In all, she completed twelve turnarounds at an average duration of 34 days and transporting over 33,000 passengers, before being decommissioned on 11 September 1919.

Returned to civilian service, Mongolia sailed the New York - Hamburg route under charter to the American Line. She was purchased in 1923 by the Panama Pacific Line and placed into service on its New York - San Francisco route (via the Panama Canal). In 1929, Dollar Steamship Lines acquired Mongolia and her sister ship Manchuria for its east to west round the world service, renaming them President Fillmore and President Johnson, respectively.

The former Mongolia sailed for only two years with the Dollar Line. With the onset of the Great Depression, she was laid up in New York, and when the Dollar Line collapsed in 1938 ownership passed to the newly created American President Lines. She never sailed under the APL pennant, however, and was sold in 1940 to Cia Transatlantica Centroamericana of Panama, which renamed her Panamanian. She was scrapped in Shanghai, China, 20 May 1946.

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