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Eastern Queen (ID 3406)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Jig - Fox

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 as Tefuku Maru by the Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Kobe, Japan
  • Acquired by the Navy, 19 October 1918
  • Commissioned USS Eastern Queen (ID 3406), 26 October 1918
  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board the same day
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

    Displacement 12,105 t.
    Length 397'
    Beam 61'
    Draft 27' 1"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 70
    Propulsion: One 3,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.


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    Eastern Queen 64k In port, possibly on 22 July 1918, when she was inspected by the Thirteenth Naval District.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103541
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Eastern Queen (No. 3406), a cargo ship, was built in February 1918 as Tefuku Maru by Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Kobe, Japan; converted for naval use at Baltimore Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Md.; transferred from the Shipping Board 19 October 1918, and commissioned 26 October 1918, Lieutenant Commander W. M. Gifford, USNRF, in command.

    Eastern Queen was refitted as an animal transport during her conversion and, when she sailed from Norfolk 25 November,1918, carried 550 horses plus other cargo. She arrived at St. Nazaire 14 December for a 15-day stay. Ballasted with steel, she embarked 30 Army passengers for Baltimore and reached there 15 January 1919.

    Her second French voyage was to La Pallice and Bordeaux, to transfer food, motor oil, and other cargo for the Army between 2 February and 10 April 1919. She was decommissioned 19 April 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board the same day.


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