S. S. Manchuria


These picture postcards were issued by the Jewish Welfare Board for use by returning United States troops after the end of the First World War. They were handed out on the troopships, and a soldier or sailor could send an "arrived" message to their loved ones. While on the ship or still at the dock, the military men were officially "overseas", so the cards could be sent without postage. Once the soldier or sailor entered the US, the cards required postage.

USS Manchuria (ID-1633) was a transport ship for the United States Navy during World War I. Before the war she was known as SS Manchuria in civilian passenger service. In the interwar years she reverted to her original name but was later renamed SS President Johnson. During World War II, she served as a transport ship for the United States Army. After World War II, she was sold and renamed SS Santa Cruz. The liner was scrapped in Italy in 1952.

© Richard Tripp 2012