Designed by Charles Hanscom and built in 1894 by Bath Iron Works, the S.S. Harvard was originally purchased by Mr. W.A. Slater under the name the S.S. Eleanor. As the United States was approaching World War I, Mr. George Baker purchased Eleanor, changed her name to Harvard, and donated her to the Navy. She served on the Breton Patrol during the war, and afterwards, was purchased by commercial interests in Europe. It is believed that she was still in service in Greek waters as late as 1948.