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North Pole (ID 3791)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Pup - Have - Fox

Refrigerated Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 by the Baltimore Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD
  • Commissioned 12 December 1918 at Baltimore
  • Delivered to the Navy 10 January 1919
  • Decommissioned 14 April 1919 at Jersey City, NJ and returned to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Scrapped in 1937.


  • Displacement 8,785 t.
  • Length 353' 3"
  • Beam 49'
  • Draft 23'
  • Speed 11.25 kts.
  • Complement 76
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 1,800shp Westinghouse steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    North Pole 41k Probably shown around the time of her completion in December 1918
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65111
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: North Pole (ID 3791), a refrigerator ship, was built by the Baltimore Drydock & Shipbuilding Co.; taken over by USSB for transfer to the Navy; and commissioned at Baltimore 10 January 1919, Lt. Comdr. Thomas H. McKellum, USNRF, in command.

    After refitting, North Pole proceeded to New York, loaded a cargo of beef for the A[llied] E[xpeditionary] F[orces], and sailed for France 2 February 1919. She discharged her cargo at St. Nazaire, departing for home 19 March with a cargo of Navy stores, arriving 5 April.

    North Pole decommissioned and was returned to USSB 14 April 1919 at Jersey City, N.J.

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