SS Kronprinz Wilhelm
The SS Kronprinz Wilhelm of North German Lloyd (NGL) sailed in the early 1900's and served on both sides during WWI.
One of the German Four Flyers
Capturing the Blue Riband several times throughout her career, the Kronprinz Wilhelm was a formidable and fast ship.
World War One Mystery Ship
Using her size and speed, the SS Kronprinz Wilhelm started WWI as an auxiliary cruiser sinking countless Allied ships without any loss of life. After exhausting her supplies, the ship headed to the nearest neutral port to refuel with coal and supplies. After landing in Newport News, VA, the United States interned the ship for their upcoming war effort.
On the April 11, 1915 the crew laid anchor off the coast of Newport News where American authorities boarded the ship and claimed it for the US, renaming it the USS Von Steuben.
USS Von Steuben
One of the ways the Allied Forces won WWII was the success of the troop transport ships successfully carrying allied forces between theaters. The Queen Mary carried hundreds of thousands of soldiers safely throughout the war.
The ship was painted in a dazzle pattern in order to help protect the ships from submarine attack by confusing the periscope sight rather than recognizing a ship silhouette.
Continuing as a troop transport the Von Steuben, the ship was eventually scrapped in 1923 without much fanfare.