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When: 01 January 1912

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Bain News Service,, publisher.


[1912 Oct.] (date created or published later by Bain)

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

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Photo taken when Greek immigrants left New York City to return to their country and fight in the first Balkan War, which began in October 1912. A New York Times article (10/6/1912) "mentions that the passenger liner, Martha Washington, was carrying Greek reservists who had been summoned home by royal decree." (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2445-7


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 01/May/2008 00:30:31

    USS Martha Washington, a 12,700-ton troop transport, was originally the Austrian passenger steamer Martha Washington. Launched at Port Glasgow, Scotland in 1908, she was interned at Hoboken, New Jersey, after World War I began in August 1914. When the United States entered the conflict in April 1917, she was taken over by the Army Quartermaster Corps. The Navy acquired the ship in November 1917 and placed her in commission in January 1918. Martha Washington made her first transport voyage to France in February and during the remainder of the First World War crossed the Atlantic seven more times, bringing more than 24,000 personnel to Europe. With the Armistice in November, Martha Washington reversed the pattern, making seven trips over the next year to return nearly 20,000 passengers to America. In August 1919, she was sent into the Mediterranean and Black Seas to carry a U.S. mission to Turkey and Russia. During this three-month voyage, she also carried refugees from Batum, Russia, to Constantinople, Turkey. Martha Washington decommissioned in November 1919, shortly after her return to the U.S. from Turkey, and was sold back to her Austrian former owners in November 1922. Source:

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    • 04/Nov/2011 16:33:50

    No mention of The USS Martha Washington taking passengers from Split Yugoslavia in steerage on May 6th 1914.....why?