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USAT General W. C. Gorgas
ex-USS General W. C. Gorgas (ID 1365)

Navy call sign:
George - Jig - Dog - Sail

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Have - Dog - Vice

General W. C. Gorgas served both the U. S. Navy and Army


  • Built in 1902 as Prinz Sigismund by Neptun Aktiengesellschaft, Schiffswerft & Maschinenfabrik, Rostock, Germany
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS General W. C. Gorgas (ID 1365), 8 March 1919
  • Decommissioned 28 July 1919 at New York, struck from the Navy Register and returned to the United States Shipping Board the same day
  • Acquired by the War Department in November 1941
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration in January 1945
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union in 1945 and renamed Mikhail Lomonosov
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 8,000 t.
  • Length 386'
  • Beam 45' 3"
  • Draft 24' 4"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 154
  • Troop capacity 1,200
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: Steam, one shaft.
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    SS Prinz Sigismund
    General W. C. Gorgas 124k Prinz Sigismund in port, probably in the New York City area on or about 5 September 1917, when the ship was inspected by the Third Naval District for possible acquisition by the U.S. Navy
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99273
    Naval Historical Center
    USAT General W. C. Gorgas
    General W. C. Gorgas 116k USAT General W.C. Gorgas. Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken during World War II.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99292
    Naval Historical Center

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