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Merak (ID 2533)

Sunk 6 August 1918


  • Built in 1910 by the Rotterdam Droogd. Maat., Rotterdam, The Netherlands for the Van Nievelt, Goudriaan and Co. of Rotterdam
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1918
  • Sunk 6 August 1918 in the Western Atlantic by gunfire from the German submarine U-140.


  • Displacement 7,100 t.
  • Length 334'
  • Beam 47'
  • Draft 20' 3"
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,250hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Merak 206k Photographed in Dutch neutrality markings, circa 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 92626
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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