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Canton (ID 2508)

Call sign (1914):
Pup - Easy - Quack - Zed

Call sign (1933):
Negative - William - King - Zed


  • Built in 1913 as Hercules by A. Yuick and Zonen, Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands
  • Launched 24 December 1914
  • Completed in February 1915
  • Acquired by the Navy 12 June 1918
  • Commissioned USS Canton (ID 2508), 18 June 1918
  • Returned to the United States Shipping Board 11 March 1919 at Norfolk, VA
  • Decommissioned 10 May 1919 at Amsterdam, Holland and returned to her owner
  • Sold 30 March 1952 to Yolac Merve of Intanbul, Turkey and renamed Herguler
  • Renamed Yolac Merve in 1957
  • Sold for scrap in 1964 to Canakcilar Sirketi of Istanbul
  • Scrapped 15 October 1964.


  • Displacement 6,200 t.
  • Length 339'
  • Beam 45' 1"
  • Draft 19' 8"
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Complement 112
  • Armament: One 4"/50 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Three single-ended boilers, one 1,420hp G. T. Grey and Co., South Shields, England verticle triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Canton 81k Probably photographed around the time of her seizure by the United States at New York on 20 March 1918, possibly when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on
    26 March
    U.S. Navy photo NH 105206
    Naval Historical Center
    Canton 47k Royal-Nederlandsche-Steamboat Society photo from Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Odmund Arnesen, USNRF18 June 1918
    02LT James Ross Curtis, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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