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Peerless (ID 1639)

Navy call sign:
George - Fox - Pup - Tare

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - Vice - Pup


  • Built in 1917 as Eagle by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Peerless (ID 1639), 8 December 1918
  • Decommissioned 22 September 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Renamed Eagle
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 10,000 t.
  • Length 426'
  • Beam 56'
  • Draft 27' 6½"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 83
  • Armament: One 4"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,600ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Peerless 61k Photograph taken prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102108
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR J.S. LeCain, USNRF8 December 1918
    02LCDR Nicholas Fogarty, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Peerless (No. 1639), built as Eagle in 1917 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Calif., was acquired by the Navy from the Standard Transportation Co. at Newport News, Va. 8 December 1918; and commissioned the same day, Lt. Comdr. J.S. LeCain, USNRF, in command.

    Peerless loaded a general cargo, departed Norfolk 9 December, arrived at La Pallice on the 24th, and returned to New York with a general cargo, arriving 12 February, 1919.

    On 19 February, 1919 Peerless was detached from the NOTS and reassigned to the Cruiser and Transport Force. She served on the transatlantic run through the summer, decommissioned 22 September 1919, and was returned to her owner the same day.

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