Although ordered from Harland & Wolff, Belfast, in 1913, Minnekahda was
not launched until March 1917, the delay caused by other work
deemed more vital to Britain's war effort. Upon completion, she entered
service as a troopship, serving in that capacity until January 1920.
Still not yet fitted out for passenger service, Minnekahda finally made her
first commercial voyage for her owner, the Atlantic Transport Line, on
27 March 1920, from London to New York.
She remained on that service until October, also making one New
York-Hamburg-London-New York roundtrip on charter to the American Line
in July. She was then refitted with accommodations for 2,150
third-class passengers, and made her first sailing as a passenger liner
on 31 March 1921, again on charter to the American Line, a New
York-Hamburg-Naples-New York trip. Then, from May 1921 until January
1925, she remained in the American Line's service, on a New York-Hamburg
On 24 March 1925, Minnekahda finally made her first passenger sailing
for ATL, from London to New York, after being refitted to a
tourist/third cabin configuration. She made her final voyage on that
route in September 1931, and was then laid up at New York. Four and a
half years later, on 14 April 1936, she sailed from New York to be
broken up at Dalmur, Scotland.