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USAT Otsego
ex-USS Otsego (ID 1628)

Call sign (Early 1919):
George - Jig - King - Pup

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Item - Tare - Mike

Civilian call sign:
Love - Jig - Have - Boy

Otsego served both the U. S. Navy and Army


  • The third Otsego was built in 1901 as Prinz Eitel Friedrich by Reiherstieg Schiffswerfte und Maschinenfabrik (Reiherstieg Shipyards and Machine Factory), Hamburg, Germany
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 February 1919 and commissioned USS Otsego (ID 1628) the same day
  • Struck from the Navy Register 19 September 1919 and transferred to the United States Shipping Board
  • Registered in 1926 to Libby, McNeill and Libby of San Francisco, CA as the freighter Otsego
  • Acquired by the War Department in early December 1941 and commissioned USAT Otsego
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in December 1944
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union in January 1945 and renamed Ural
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 8,755 t.
    1926 - 4,638 t.
  • Length 370' 9"
  • Beam 45' 3"
  • Draft 25'
    1926 - 26.7'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 203
    1926 - 47
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount
  • Propulsion: Two Scotch boilers, one 2,400hp quadruple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Prinz Eitel Friedrich
    DeKalb 28k

    Prinz Eitel Friedrich von Preußen was the second son of the Prussian King and German Emperor Wilhelm II and his wife Empress Auguste Viktoria

    Joe Radigan
    Photo added 23 July 2021
    Otsego 89k Tommy Trampp
    Otsego 115k In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District circa 1917-1918. She may have been renamed Otsego by this time, though the name Prinz Eitel Friedrich is visible on her bow
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103635
    Naval Historical Center
    USAT Otsego
    Otsego 141k Off Seattle, Washington, 30 August 1943
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105763
    Robert Hurst
    Otsego 120k Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1942-1944.
    Copied from the book "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103620
    Naval Historical Center

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