As part of the LDS Church’s Indexing Effort, I sat down at my computer tonight and “indexed” a dozen or so passenger manifests. While I thought it would be boring, it was actually quite fun. One of my favorite parts was to do a search on the ship the passenger manifest was for and read a little about it. It seems there is an online record of some kind for most ships from WWI onwards. Here’s a list of the ones I found out about.
- SS Rijndam (2) - Became a floating casino until she was scrapped in 2003 (and she sank on the way to the scrap yard in India)
- NYU Victory - A WWII Victory Ship named after NYU.
- SS United States - The SS United States is interesting because it has the highest power to weight ratio of in commercial passenger liner before or since… She had 240,000 Shaft Horsepower and drove 4 18′ props. Very cool.
- USNS McGraw (I belive this is the USNS Francis X. McGraw): This is another Victory Ship. It was used in 1971 to move Chemical Weapons from Okinawa to Atoll
- USNS Private William H Thomas - This was a casualty evacuation ship, that later became a transport. In 1956 she aided in the rescue of survivors from the sinking Andrea Doria. This was cool because the crew list I indexed was from March 3rd 1956, just 4 months before the sinking of the Andrea Doria. The captain (master) of the ship was the same on this list as assisted in the rescue (according to this page) http://www.andreadoria.org/TheRescueShips/Default.htm
- SS Nassau - This ship traded hands LIKE CRAZY