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Pollux (ID 2573)

Call sign (1913):
Pup - Quack - King - George


  • The first Pollux was built in 1909 by Werf voorheen Rijkee N. V., Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Launched 31 March 1909
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Pollux (ID 2573), 3 April 1918 at Key West, FL
  • Returned to the United States Shipping Board 24 April 1918
  • Returned to her owners, the Royal Dutch Steamboat Company NV, Amsterdam, Holland in 1919
  • Acquired in 1931 by Union Maritime SA of Rouen, France and renamed Tabarka
  • Acquired by Great Britian in July 1940
  • Sunk as a block ship 23 March 1941 at Burra Sound, Orkney Islands, Scotland
  • Raised in 1947 and scrapped at Metal Industries, Rosyth, Scotland.


  • Displacement 3,940 t.
  • Length 326' 9"
  • Beam 44' 1"
  • Draft 18'
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Propulsion: One (Werkspoor, Amsterdam, Netherlands) triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Pollux 51k Royal Netherlandsche-Steamboat Society photo from Robert Hurst

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