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Montpelier (ID 1954)

Navy call sign:
George - Jig - King - Nan

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Have - Sail - Rush

Montpelier served both the U. S. Army and Navy


  • The first Montpelier was built in 1912 as Bochum by Aktingesellschaft-Neptune Co., Rostock, Germany
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1919 and commissioned USS Montpelier (ID 1954)
  • Decommissioned 18 October 1919, struck from the Navy Register and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Transferred to the American Ship and Commerce Corp. of the United American Line in 1922
  • Transferred to the American-Hawaiian Steam Ship Co. in 1928 and renamed Nevadan
  • Transferred to the Soviet Union in 1943 on a bare boat charter and renamed Jan Tomp
  • Returned to U.S. custody in 1944 and renamed Nevadan
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration and chartered by the U.S. Army Transportation Corps as a spare parts ship
  • Laid up in 1946
  • Broken up in 1948/1949 at San Francisco, CA.


  • Displacement 16,000 t.
  • Length 477'
  • Beam 58'
  • Draft 26.7'
  • Depth of hold 27' 8"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 69
  • Armament: One 8" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 3,800ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Bochum
    Montpelier 90k In port after being taken over by the U.S. Government, possibly on 24 August 1917 when she was inspected by the 12th Naval District
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99538
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Montpelier (ID 1954)
    Montpelier 68k In port, possibly when she was inspected by the 3rd Naval District on 11 April 1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99539
    Naval Historical Center
    Montpelier 99k In port, with a New Mexico class battleship alongside, 1919. The photo's reverse bears the penciled inscription "The boat I came home on from France."
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103043
    Robert Hurst
    Montpelier 75k Dressed with flags in a French port, 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106596
    SS Jan Tomp
    Montpelier 108k Photo from "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939" by Roger W. Jordan Robert Hurst

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