SS Sonoma

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SS Sonoma
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SS Sonoma at Wharf No.4 Circular Quay, Sydney.
Name SS Sonoma
Owner Oceanic Steamship Co.
Builder William Cramp & Sons in Philadelphia
Launched 1900
In service 1900
Fate scrapped 1934
General characteristics
Type Passenger ship
Tonnage 10,000 tons
Propulsion twin screws
Speed 17 knots (31.48 kmh)


Built for the Oceanic Steamship Company and used on the California (San Francisco) to Sydney, Australia route, via Honolulu, Fiji and American Samoa. On 7 Jul 1907 he Oakland Tribune reported that the Sanoma had collided with a three masted schooner named Advent off Cape Mendocino and had the schooner in tow, heading for the nearest port of Eureka as the schooner had lost her bowsprit,foremast and mainmast. In 1926 Oceanic was sold to the Matson Navigation Company (Matson Line).

Soldiers carried

San Franciso to Sydney 24 Dec 1918 - 13 Jan 1919

San Franciso to Sydney 21 September - 12 October 1920


On the front page to the plans of the ship shown at includes what was to become known as the German Swasticker.