American troops aboard Navy transport at pier. Troops embark on Navy transports at Hoboken.
Following the armistice of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson and his party depart Hoboken New Jersey bound for the Paris Peace Conference. Band on a transport pier near building marked "Pier 5 U.S. Army Transport Service" at Hoboken, New Jersey port. Converted liner USS George Washington seen with sailors and dignitaries aboard, leaving port. Sign "Naval Transport George Washington" seen briefly on the ship. People stand on ship and on shore waving. A tugboat at the port with many people aboard bidding farewell to the President and his party. Steam rises from stack of USS George Washington. President Woodrow Wilson stands on the ship talking to others. USS George Washington underway in the harbor.
Views from a small boat moving past docked transport ships at U.S. Transport Service piers in Hoboken, New Jersey, during World War 1. Tugboats and some small boats maneuver in the area. Some ships display the American flag at their sterns. The camera boat passes pier 5, of the Transport Service when smoke from ships' stacks obscures the picture somewhat. Next it passes Pier 4 and then a large ship being maneuvered by tugboats at Pier 3. The camera boat continues past a tugboat tied up at Pier 2 and finally reaches Pier 1, where another tugboat is tied up. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
USS George Washington departs from Hoboken, New Jersey bound for the Paris Peace Conference at end of World War 1, with President Woodrow Wilson and his party on board. Smoke rises from stacks of the ship. Hoboken buildings and skyline in the background as seen from ship on the water. Silhouette of ship. A zeppelin airship (presumably of the U.S. Navy) in the sky over the port. It passes near the USS George Washington. A biplane aircraft in the sky passes by ship. A barge with stripes painted across entire exterior. Barge, airship and airplane in the sky seen. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
U.S. Army negro troops returning home following service in Europe at the conclusion of World War 1. The 369th Infantry, 93rd Division negro troops of the New York National guard (also known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment or Old Fifteenth; also the nickname Harlem Hellfighters), arrives at Hoboken aboard the Swedish-American ocean liner 'Stockholm'. View of their commander, Colonel William Hayward, talking to a soldier on the ship deck. Negro soldiers of the famous jazz band led by James Reese Europe play on the aft promenade deck of a smaller transport ship shuttling troops from the Stockholm to the disembarkation pier. View of Hoboken skyline buildings as they disembark at pier 97, North River, at the foot of West 57th Street and walk in line formation. A board reads 'Welcome Home'.
Scenes in Lyndhurst, New Jersey after explosion in the Canadian Car and Foundry Company in Kingsland (in Meadowlands of New Jersey) during World War 1. The company built shells for shipment to Russia in World War I. Over 500,000 shells were destroyed in the blast and fire, bombarding the surrounding areas in Kingsland - Lyndhurst. Black smoke rising in the distance, at night, seen from the coast. Close views of industrial buildings and homes on fire. Night views of homes and buildings engulfed in flames. People walk through smoking wreckage afterwards and pick through debris. Devastation covers area flattened by explosion and fire. Twisted railroad tracks covered by debris. A pile of munitions shells in a heap in the burned out shell of a building. View of the D.L.&W (Delaware, Lackawanna & Western) Railroad Shops building at Kingsland (now Lyndhurst), with DL&W train car 605 parked in front. Railroad Shops building is pitted with holes and broken glass from 3-inch shell bombardment. Two men inspect a damaged railroad car with broken glass and a 3-inch shell embedded in the side of the car. A heavily damaged residential house with holes and blown-out windows, and a shell embedded in the front door. Citizens pick through wreckage in front of a building where only cement pilings remain. Scene shifts to Perth Amboy area, October 1918. View of displaced families made homeless by the T.A. Gillespie Shell Loading Plant explosion (Morgan Depot Explosion; largest munitions factory in the world). Refugees sit in a town square. Men, women, and children among the refugees. An Army soldier and Navy sailor seen near refugees as they eat and drink. View of Smith Street in Perth Amboy with shops damaged by the blast. Under Martial Law, U.S. Army troops patrol with rifles to prevent looting. Pedestrians and a streetcar pass. Sign along sidewalk for entrance to Michaels & Co. at 178 Smith Street. (Suspected cause of incidents: Gillespie - worker error; Kingsland - sabotage as in the 1916 Black Tom explosion.)