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Ohioan (ID 3280)

Navy call sign:
George - Fox - King - Cast

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Dog - Mike - King


  • Built in 1914 by the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD
  • Launched 18 April 1914
  • Completed in June 1914
  • Acquired by the Navy 5 August 1918
  • Commissioned 7 August 1918
  • Decommissioned 6 October 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Wrecked 7 October 1936 off Land's End, Point Lobos, CA and declared a total loss.


  • Displacement 6,646 t.
  • Length 428' 8"
  • Beam 53' 8"
  • Draft 29' 6"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 5" mount
  • Propulsion: One 4,000ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Ohioan
    Ohioan 77k Photographed prior to her World War I era Naval service.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65129
    Robert Hurst
    USS Ohioan (ID 3280)
    Ohioan 112k In port in 1919, while serving as a troop transport.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103055
    Naval Historical Center
    Ohioan 119k Crowded with homeward bound troops, 1919. The reverse side is inscribed: " and here is the old tub' herself pullimg into the dock at Philly, loaded with troops."
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein, 2008.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106382
    Robert Hurst
    SS Ohioan
    Ohioan 286k 6 October 1936
    Aground on Seal Rock outside the Golden Gate
    Darryl Baker
    Ohioan 48k c. 1936/1937 George Harper
    Ohioan 48k
    Ohioan 41k
    Ohioan 48k
    Ohioan 68k Shipwrecks off Parallel Point in 1937. The Ohioan is in the left foreground and the Frank H. Buck, ex-USS Frank H. Buck (ID 1613) is in the right background. Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Ohioan (ID 3280), built in 1914 by the Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, Md., was acquired by the Navy 5 August 1918 on loan charter from the American-Hawaiian S.S. Co., New York City, and commissioned 7 August 1918.

    Assigned to Navy Overseas Transportation Service, on the Army account, Ohioan was refitted, loaded with general cargo and dispatched to St. Nazaire, France, arriving 29 August. She spent the next month there and at Brest, and on 1 October sailed for New York where horse stalls were added; and on 1 November she sailed for La Pallice with equestrian and general cargo. Returning to the United States 5 December, Ohioan was transferred to the Cruiser and Transport Force and in 6 round trips returned over 8,000 troops to New York. Detached 16 September 1919, she decommissioned and was returned to her owner, the American-Hawaiian S.S. Co., 6 October 1919.

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