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Mobile (ID 4030)

Navy call sign:
George - Jig - Boy - Pup

ex-Cleveland (ID 4030)


  • Built in 1908 as Cleveland by Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, Germany for the Hamburg American LineAcquired by the Navy 11 November 1918
  • Commissioned USS Cleveland (ID 4030), 26 March 1919
  • Renamed Mobile 29 March 1919
  • Decommissioned 25 November 1919 and transferred to the United States Shipping Board
  • Chartered in 1920 by the White Star Line and renamed King Alexander
  • Transferred to Great Britain in 1922 and sold to the Byron Steamship Co., Ltd. of London, England
  • Sold in 1923 to the United States Line and renamed Cleveland
  • Sold back to the Hamburg America Line in 1926
  • Laid up in 1931
  • Scrapped in 1933 at Hamburg.


  • Displacement 27,000 t.
  • Length 608'
  • Beam 65' 3"
  • Draft 17' 5"
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 573
  • Troop Capacity 4, 620
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: Two quadruple-expansion steam engines (replaced by Bauer Wach LP turbines in 1929), two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Cleveland
    Mobile 218k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Mobile 84k
    Mobile 97k
    USS Cleveland (ID 4030)
    Mobile 98k In New York Harbor, while returning U.S. troops from Europe, 1919.
    Photographed by E. Muller, Jr.
    Donation of N. Ballard, 1963.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 46381
    Naval Historical Center
    Mobile 88k In New York Harbor, with her decks crowded with U.S. troops returning from Europe, 1919.
    Photographed by E. Muller, Jr.
    Courtesy of Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2005.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 102878
    Robert Hurst
    Mobile 96k Photographed circa 1919.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105609
    Mobile 107k A retouched photograph taken mid-1919, after the ship had been fitted with life rafts.
    Published on a postcard by A.M. Simon, 32 Union Square, New York City
    Donation Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105388

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