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Pretoria



Navy call sign:
George - Jig - Boy - Tare

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)

Transport:

  • Built in 1897 at Voss K.G., Hamburg, Germany
  • Placed in commercial service by Hamburg-Amerikanische Paketfahrt A.G.
  • Taken over by the U.S. Navy, 28 March 1919
  • Commissioned USS Pretoria, 29 March 1919, at Cowes, England
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board 25 November 1919, at New York, NY
  • Ceded to Great Britian 10 September 1920 and operated by the Ellerman Line
  • Scrapped November 1921

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 14,130 t.
  • Length 561' 1"
  • Beam 62' 2"
  • Draft 25' 9"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 542
  • Propulsion: Steam, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Pretoria
    Pretoria 235k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Pretoria 108k
    Pretoria 268k Post card dated 1898
    Pretoria 335k Post card dated 20 May - 2 June 1905
    Pretoria 257k Post card dated 27 October 1908
    USS Pretoria
    Pretoria 64k . Richard Leonhardt
    Pretoria 79k Underway in New York Harbor while on troopship duty in 1919.
    Photographed by E. Muller Jr., New York.
    Naval Historical Center photo 42411
    Robert Hurst
    Marica 87k At Brest, France on 29 June 1919, with the U.S. Navy lighter Nenette alongside USS Marica (ID 4031). The ship in the left distance is Pretoria
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106613

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