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USAT Colonel Frederick C. Johnson
ex-USS Nopatin (ID 2195)

Call sign (1918):
George - Quack - Nan - Have

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Able - Mike - Quack

ex-USS Manhattan (ID 2195)

Nopatin served both the U. S. Navy and Army


  • Built in 1913 as Manhattan by Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE for the American Railroad Co.
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 January 1918
  • Commissioned USS Manhattan (ID 2195), 28 January 1918
  • Renamed Nopatin a few months later
  • Decommissioned in 1919
  • Struck from the Navy list 15 August 1919 and ordered sold
  • Sold in July 1920 to the Hudson River Day Line and renamed DeWitt Clinton
  • Laid up in 1932
  • Placed in service from June - September 1939
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration in February 1942 and renamed USAT Colonel Frederick C. Johnson
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission in 1947 and laid up in the James River, VA
  • Sold to Samuel Derecktor of New York City and renamed Derecktor
  • Sold in 1948 to the Zim Isreal Lines
  • Renamed Galatin in 1952
  • Scrapped in 1953.


  • Displacement 3,539 t.
  • Length 320' 2"
  • Beam 48' 1"
  • Draft 16'
  • Speed 23 kts.
  • Propulsion: Six Scotch boilers, two 400hp Harlan and Hollingsworth quadruple expansion steam engines (23", 37", 42", 42" x 36" stroke), two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Manhattan
    Manhattan 105k Photographed taken prior to her World War I Naval service.
    U.S. Navy photos NH 102054, NH 100563 and NH 100564
    Naval Historical Center
    Manhattan 111k
    Manhattan 132k
    USS Nopatin (ID 2195)
    Manhattan 118k Approaches a British merchant ship, at Brest, France, circa May 1919.
    Collection of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) A. Alvin Booth, USNRF.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89530
    Naval Historical Center
    Nopatin 170k Nopatin at New York City, circa spring or summer 1918, prior to deploying to Europe. This image is cropped from Photo NH 41747, A view of USS President Grant (ID-3014), part of whose stern is visible at left.
    Photographed by the New York Navy Yard
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 41747-A
    Robert Hurst
    Day Steamer Dewitt Clinton
    Nopatin 259k . Joe Radigan
    Nopatin 347k Tommy Trampp
    USAT Colonel Frederick C. Johnson
    Nopatin 141k Steamship Historical Society of America photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover Robert Hurst
    SS Derecktor
    Nopatin 347k New York, NY Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Alexander Smart, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)28 January 1918
    02LTJG Nils Leknes, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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