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Ships of the Hamburg America Line
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She disembarked passengers and unloaded cargo between 14 and 19 November, but she did not depart until 28 November. On her way back to the U.
Steuben learned the facts when she entered the harbor at about A portion of the city had been devastated by the explosion and the tidal wave which followed causing the death of 2, in the Halifax Explosion the largest man-made accidental explosion ever.
The ship responded to the emergency by landing officers and men to patrol the city and assist in rescue efforts. The transport remained at Halifax until 10 December, and then continued her voyage back to Philadelphia where she arrived on 13 December. After debarking her passengers, Von Steuben got underway from Philadelphia again on 15 December. She coaled at Newport News on 16 December and remained there until 20 December, when she returned to sea, bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba , where she disembarked marines.
On 27 December, she got underway for the Panama Canal Zone. The ship transited the canal on 29 December and entered the drydock at Balboa, Panama that afternoon. Over the next three weeks, she received repairs of the damage to her bow. On 20 January , the ship floated out of the dock and then retransited the canal. From 28—31 January, Von Steuben stopped at Newport News where she took on two new 5-inch guns and a 3-inch gun to replace those damaged in the collision with Agamemnon.
On 1 February, she returned to Philadelphia to resume duty transporting troops to France. She reached her destination, Brest, without incident on 24 February, unloaded her troops and cargo, and set out on the return voyage five days later. The alarm brought gun crews scurrying to their action stations, and they opened fire immediately. Before anyone realized that they were firing upon an innocuous piece of flotsam, a tragic accident occurred.
The shell from one of her 5-inch guns exploded immediately upon leaving the barrel, and fragments struck three sailors.
One died instantly, and the other two succumbed to their wounds later that night. After repairs and coaling, she moved on to Philadelphia to load troops and cargo for her third voyage to France. Her next two voyages to France and back were uneventful, as was the New York-to-Brest leg of the following one.
However, on the return voyage, she encountered a U-boat. Von Steuben began a zigzag approach to pick up what appeared to be boatloads of survivors from a sunken Allied ship. About 20 minutes later, her lookouts reported the wake of a torpedo approaching her bow from abaft the port beam. The gun crews manned their stations and began firing at the torpedo while the commanding officer ordered the wheel hard to starboard and all engines full astern in an effort to avoid the missile.
Meanwhile, some of the gunners had shifted their attention to what they thought to be the periscope of U , the source of the torpedo bearing down upon Von Steuben. The ship's efforts to slow down and turn away from the torpedo were successful. It passed a few yards ahead of the ship, and Von Steuben delivered a depth-charge barrage which subjected the submarine to a severe shaking.
U had sunk their ship earlier and remained in the area to use them as decoys for other Allied ships such as Von Steuben. The possibility that they were simply decoys and that other submarines might be lurking about forced the ship to continue on without further investigation. That decision was further reinforced by the fact that the boats appeared empty. Credit for this must go to Dwinsk ' s master, who ordered his people to lie low in their craft so that other Allied ships would not be drawn into the waiting U-boat's trap.
Fortunately, he and his men were saved eventually. On 29 June, she embarked troops for passage to Europe, and the next day formed up with a convoy for the Atlantic crossing. As the blaze grew in intensity, the transfer of the troops embarked became a necessary precaution, and Von Steuben approached the burning ship. Silhouetted by the flames, she would have made a perfect target for any U-boat in the vicinity, but she worked throughout the night and, by morning, had succeeded in embarking Henderson ' s more than 2, troops.
Henderson came about and made it safely back to the U. Three days later, she headed back across the Atlantic with civilians and wounded soldiers returning to the U.
After a peaceful voyage, the transport reached New York on 21 July. After a short repair period in late July and early August, the ship resumed duty transporting troops to Europe. Between late August and the Armistice on 11 November, Von Steuben made three more round-trip voyages carrying troops to France and returning the sick and wounded to the U. Though all three were peaceful passages by wartime standards, they were not uneventful.
On the return voyage from the first of the three, she weathered a severe hurricane during which three of her complement were washed overboard and lost at sea, while several others received injuries.
During the New York-to-Brest leg of the second, the influenza epidemic of struck the 2, troops she had embarked and resulted in stretcher cases and 34 deaths. Von Steuben returned to New York from her ninth wartime voyage on 8 November.
The turbine powered ship had a speed of This gave the ships a seven-day passage across the Atlantic. Munargo suffered severe damage and was beached north of Bedloe's Island ,  but was refloated on 18 November In , Deutschland became an accommodation ship for the German Navy at Gotenhafen.
In , on seven Baltic voyages as part of Operation Hannibal , she carried 70, soldiers and refugees from the German eastern territories to the west.
In April , she began being converted into a hospital ship. An attempt was made to paint the vessel white, but there was only sufficient paint available to paint her funnels white, and to paint a Red Cross on one side of one of her funnels.