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RG 181 - Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, Intelligence Files -
Sixth Naval District at Charleston, South Carolina


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Intelligence Files, 1917-1920
National Archives Identifier 2681794

This series provides a partial record intelligence and investigative activities of suspected German sympathizers, pro-labor agitators and others suspected of Anti-American activities during World War One. The series also documents investigations into the activities of Naval Personnel assigned to the Sixth Naval District and workers in defense industries and warehouses. Also included are details of ship movements, examinations of ships, and photographs of various ships in camouflage paint schemes.

Box 1

     District Information (2 Folders) August-December 1918

     District Information #5 January-March 1919

     A-4, Suspects, Investigation of “S” (2 Folders) 1918-1919

     A-4, Suspects, Investigation of “T” 1918-1919

     A-4, Suspects, Investigation of “U” 1918-1919

     A-4, Suspects, Investigation of “V” 1918-1919

     A-4, Suspects, Investigation of “W” (2 Folders) 1918-1919

     A-4, Suspects, Investigation of “Y” 1917

     A-7-D, Addresses 1918

Box 2

     A-6, Instructions Issued to Merchant Ships 1918

     A-8, Legal Reference, Espionage, etc. (3 Folders) February-October 1918

     A-9, War Trade Board (2 Folders) June-October 1918

     A-10, Confidential Agent (Navy) January-December 1918

     B-1, Enemies Naval Force-Raiders May 1917-August 1918

     B-2, Shipping, Approach, etc.  June-October 1917

     B-4, Activities on Neutral and U.S. Merchant Ships April 1917-December 1918

Box 3

     B-5, Investigations, Information April 1917-November 1918

     B-6, Submarines, Information of Enemy, Policy June-November 1918

     B-6, Submarine Circulars August-December 1918

     B-7, Miscellaneous (3 Folders) April 1917-May 1919

     B-8, Notices to and from Merchant Shipping April 1917-November 1918

     B-9, Investigations Relative to Navy “A” October 1917-February 1919

     B-9, Investigations Relative to Navy “Q” September 1918

     B-9, Investigations Relative to Navy “R” July 1918-December 1919

Box 4

     B-9, Investigations relative to Navy “S” (3 Folders) 1918-1920

     B-10, Customs House-Entrances and Clearances August-November 1918

     B-11, District Arrivals and Departures-Telegraphic July 1918-April 1919

     B-11, Arrivals and Departures of Vessels, Charleston, SC (3 Folders) September 1918-January 1919

     B-11-L, Vessels Speaking, Charleston Lightship August-November 1918

     B-12, Supervision and Examination of Ships June 1918-March 1919

     B-12, Passports, Supervision and Examination of Ships February-November 1918

     B-12-M, Examination of Ships (Monthly Reports) September-October 1918

Box 5

     B-13, Industries and Warehouses, Inspections and Reports of (3 Folders) January-November 1918

     B-13-Q, Industries and Warehouses, Inspection Reports, Questionnaires (3 Folders) January 1918-February 1919

     B-13-Q #2, Questionnaires, Not Specific 1918

     B-13-U, Undesirables Discharged from Navy Yards, Shipbuilding Plants, etc. 1918

     B-14, Naval Clearances 1918

     B-15, Reports and Photographs of Vessels Camouflaged and Plain-Duplicates of Reports Sent to Washington, DC 1918 (See Table Below)

Box 6

     B-15, Photographs and Reports of Vessels Camouflaged and Plain, Duplicates of Reports sent to Washington (2 Folders) 1918 (See Table      Below)

     B-15, Vessels Photographed and Camouflaged-Reports from Washington May-October 1918 (See Table Below)

     B-15, Reports on Camouflaged Ships March-November, 1918

     B-15, Reports on Camouflaged Vessels August-December 1918

Box 7

     B-16, Inspection of Canneries June 1918

     B-17, U.S. Employment Service Bulletins September-November 1918

     B-18, Court Martial Cases September 1918

     B-20, District Vessels February 1919

     Alleged Suspects

     Magner, Suspense File

     Magner, Suspense File, Pamphlets

     Case of Stewart A. Booth

     Disciplinary-165 1918-1920

     Liquor and Vice Conditions, Charleston, SC 1918-1920


Camouflaged Ships
Ship Name Nationality Tonnage Captain Port of Origin Destination Date of Photograph Total Photos Notes
SS Matilda Weems USA 1322 J.R. Tatterson Georgetown, SC Baltimore, MD  7/23/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
Bargev Socony #82 USA 2070 H. Sorensen Wilmington, NC Tampico, Mexico  8/10/1918 1 Port View
SS Apache USA 4145 Frank Mackinnon Jacksonville, FL New York, NY 11/ 7/1918 3 Fore Side View
SS Dalagoa Denmark 3541 E. Juelhausen Antofagasta, Chile Sidney, BC 11/11/1918 3 Fore Side View
SS War Spartan United Kingdom 7900 E.B. Case Port Arthur, TX New York, NY 11/13/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Comanche USA 3856 W.O. Chichester New York, NY Jacksonville, FL 11/ 1/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Astrakhan United Kingdom 3438 A.T. Jones New York, NY Beaumont, TX 10/29/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Katahdin USA 2696 B. Macbeth Boston, MA Jacksonville, FL 11/ 4/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Rhodesia Danish 4701 H. Jacobsen Antofagasta, Chile Not Known 11/ 2/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Grainton United Kingdom 6042 J.W. Henderson Iquique, Chile Not Known 10/26/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Maryanne USA 2518 A.B. Davney Mijellones, Chile Charelston, SC 10/14/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Warsoldier United Kingdom 7541 W. Burdon Tocapila, Chile United Kingdom 10/23/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Eugene Grosos France 4836 J. Hamonet Taltal, Chile Not Known 10/26/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Fulton USA 1408 Lt. Comdr. Combs none listed none listed 11/ 2/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Sabine USA 3328 Frank L. Kinney New York, NY Jacksonville, FL 10/21/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Chippewa USA 2696 W.A. Nickerson Boston, MA Jacksonville, FL  8/14/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Kittery USA 1289 H. Stremmer New York, NY West Indies  9/ 7/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Colon USA 5665 R. Prager New York, NY Cristobal, Canal Zone 10/19/1918 2 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Bedminster USA 2580 J. Constantine Jacksonville, FL none listed 10/22/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Erroll United Kingdom 4457 R.H. Lennie Calita Coloso, Chile none listed 10/19/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Glen Nevis United Kingdom 5119 W. Higgins Antofagasta, Chile Norfolk, VA 10/21/1918 1 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Ypresville United Kingdom 7062 W. Miller Antofagasta, Chile Norfolk, VA 10/17/1918 2 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Bendoran United Kingdom 4074 D.T. Cadley Huelva, Spain Brunswick, GA & Liverpool, Eng.  9/ 5/1918 2 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View
SS Mexico USA 6207 R. Campion Havana, Cuba New York, NY  9/30/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View
SS Pearl Shell USA 5614 Oscar Lane New Port News, VA Port Arthur, TX  9/ 3/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View
SS Bedeburn United Kingdom 3449 A.J. Brewer Havana, Cuba Queesntown, Ireland  9/17/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Mapleleaf United Kingdom 8039 L. Nichols Norfolk, VA Port Arthur, TX  9/16/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Advance USA 2605 Wm. De Courcey New York, NY Cristobal, C.Z.  8/28/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Kralingen USA 1378 H.A. Smith Santiago, Cuba New York, NY  9/ 9/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Eastern Chief USA 4660 G.A. Whitehead Seattle, WA Charleston, S.C.  9/ 4/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Wearwood USA 3221 J.W. Arkley Matanzas, Cuba USA  9/17/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Socony USA 3663 T. Jonassen Wilmington, NC San Pico, Mexico  8/10/1918 2 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Port View
SS Kalomo United Kingdom 5019 H.J. Abbey Genoa, Italy Not Known  8/16/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Claudio Spain 2588 O. Solaguien Heulva, Spain Tampa, FL  8/20/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Indo Maru Osaka Japan 4984 Y. Yauo Mejillores, Chile Baltimore, MD  8/ 2/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Leersum USA (formerly Dutch) 3381 S.N. Lyons St. Thomas Island Philadelphia, PA  7/27/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Bayway USA 5080 W.J. Healey Baton Rouge, LA Wilmington, NC  7/29/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Albanian United Kingdom 3012 T. Williams Kingston, Jamaica Newport News & Liverpool  7/18/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Architect United Kingdom 6736 W.N. Rushforth Plumouth, England Bordeux, France  7/12/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS City of Montgomery USA 5425 M.A. Hammond New York, NY New York, NY  7/13/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS San Marcos USA 2839 J.K. Chadwick New York, NY Galveston, TX  7/17/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Norfolk USA 2482 A. Anderson Boston, MA Jacksonville, FL  5/ 5/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Santiago USA 2359 Not Known New York, NY Jacksonville, FL 05/01/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Onondaga USA 2696 W.H. Googins Boston, MA Jacksonville, FL 05/24/1918 2 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Port View
SS Quillota United Kingdom 3764 E.E. Duncan Kingston, Jamica New Port News, VA 06/27/1918 2
SS Montoso USA 3063 A.O. Forsyth New Port News, VA Somewhere in France 07/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Upland ex Marie Sverige Sweden 2142 C.E. Taube New York, NY West Coast of Sweden 07/09/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Merrimack USA 4500 T.S. Herbert Baltimore, MD Baltimore, MD 07/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Roland ex Emanuel Sverige Sweden 1626 H.J. Nilsson Rotterdam, Holland Hampton Roades, VA then Sweden 07/10/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS City of St. Louis USA 5425 L. Dalzell Boston, MA Boston, MA 07/13/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Nils Norway 1803 G.T. Mohn Boston, MA Bergen, Norway 07/10/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Ocmulgee USA 2667 E.L. Cole New York, NY New York, NY 07/06/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Brazos USA 6399 J.O. Foss Porto Rico, Cuba New York, NY 06/18/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Chestnut Hill USA 2970 Jas. D. Murray Bermuda Not Known 06/18/1918 2 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge and Starboard View
SS Rainbow USA 4360 US Navy US Navy US Navy 06/18/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Toledo USA 2951 W.K. Miller Sabine, TX Morcus Hook 06/20/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Amiral Latouchetreville France 5384 Chas. Neion Taltalvia Colon, Pannamar France via Newport News 06/07/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS San Valerio United Kingdom 6433 A.J. Akers Port Arthur, TX New York, NY 06/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Llangollen United Kingdom 3842 Wm. Jones Huelva, Sapin Unknown 05/20/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Iroquois USA 3601 J.W. McKinzie San Domingo, West Indies New York, NY 06/13/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Parisima USA 4937 C.W. Wood New Orleans, LA New York, NY 06/12/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Beatrice USA 3474 John R. Risk Iqueque, Chile New York, NY 06/10/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Dania Denmark 5300 L.F. Peronard Gunin, Chile Discharge atv Charleston 06/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS J.C. Donnell USA 10450 Chas. Adolffson Tuxpan, Mexico Philadelphia, PA 06/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Rayo USA 3633 F. Sandberg Beaumont, TX New York, NY 06/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS J.W. Van Dyke USA 7197 V. Pray Sabine, TX Philadelphia, PA 06/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Socony #92 USA 3248 Fred. Johnston Sabine, TX New York, NY 06/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Morro Castle USA 6004 E.J. O'Keef Havana, Cuba New York, NY 06/07/1918 2 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Port View
SS Munamar USA 3477 C.M. McDonald Nipe Bay, Cuba New York, NY 06/07/1918 2 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Mantaro Peru 4617 Hugh McMullen Callao, Peru Baltimore, MD 06/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Mohawk USA 4623 E. Campbell New York, NY Jacksonville, FL 05/19/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Frieda USA 3365 H.J. Hansen Sabine, TX New York, NY 06/07/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Matinicock USA 6766 R.R. Pierson Tampica, Mexico Baltimore, MD 06/07/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Olinda Cuba 2376 T. Hagestad Nuevitas, Cuba New York, NY 06/07/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Cherokee USA 2556 Frank McKinon New York, NY Georgetown, SC 06/04/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Maumee USA 2556 Jacob Petter Smith Caleta Buena, Chile Repairs 06/05/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Nantuckett USA 2599 G.J. Hart Jacksonville, FL Philadelphia, PA 06/06/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Sabine USA 3328 F.L. Kinney Mobile, AL New York, NY 06/06/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Sacramento USA 4856 E.W. Cullen Iquique, Chile Unknown 06/05/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge
SS Kronborg Denmark 3515 H. Sorensen Pisagua, Chile Norfolk, VA 05/20/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Apache USA 3205 J.N. Staples New York, NY Jacksonville, FL 05/05/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Munrio USA 3868 Asa Haley Calita, Junin, Chile Antofagasta, Chili via Norfolk, VA 05/20/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Mount Shasta USA 6865 Arthur Self Antofagasta, Chile Norfolk, VA 05/20/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Sterling USA (Originally British) 5663 Lt. Comdr. O.A. Michaelsen Philadelphia, PA Danish West Indies 05/23/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Sutherland USA 4886 J.F. Wall Calita Buena, Chile Wilmington, N.C. 05/24/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Comanche USA 2477 W.O. Chichester New York, NY Jacksonville, FL 05/05/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Gretavale United Kingdom 5388 James Morris Manchesteer, UK Liverpool, UK 05/11/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Philadelphia USA 2482 Not Known Jacksonville, FL Boston, MA 05/06/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS City of Columbus USA 5433 J.H. Deihl Boston, MA Boston, MA 05/11/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Rio Grande USA 2556 Wm. GooGins New York, NY New York, Ny 05/10/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Bavarian USA 3898 C.A. con Heygendorff Bassens, France Norfolk, VA & over the sea 05/10/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Holden Evans USA 3253 T. Knight Tampa, FL Tampico, Mexico 05/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Gulfcoast USA 5188 R.E. Smith Port Arthur, TX Port Arthur, TX 05/08/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS City of Rome (formerly) Suwannee USA 3648 L.G. Dalzell New York, NY New York, NY 05/12/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Thamesmede United Kingdom 3618 A. Hemsley Straight of Gibralter Bordeux, France 05/11/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Persian USA 2677 W.E. Payne Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, PA via Savannah & Baltimore 05/09/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Angel B. Perez Spain 2500 Aroturo Menendec Huelva, Spain Being Repaired 05/12/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Nortonian United Kingdom 4098 W. Masters Brunswick, GA Liverpool, UK 05/22/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 
SS Huron USA 2590 John Packer Jacksonville, FL New York, NY 05/04/1918 3 View of the Fore Side of the Bridge; Starboard View; Port View 

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