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Pequot (ID 2998)

Call sign (1910):
Quack - Jig - Tare - Have

Call sign (1919):
Love - Have - Fox - George

Seized German Freighter:
  • Built by J. C. Tecklenborg A.G., Geestemunde, Germany (YN 235)
  • Launched, 09 April 1910
  • Completed for Deutsche Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft "Hansa", Bremen, as freighter Ockenfels, 28 May 1910
  • Took refuge at Boston on outbreak of World War I, 05 August 1914
  • Seized by US, 06 April 1917
  • Fitted out for US merchant service and registered at New York with US Offical Number 215126, 30 June 1917
  • Renamed Pequot by June 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy on bareboat charter and commissioned USS Pequot (ID 2998), 28 October 1918
  • Struck from the Naval Register and returned to the United States Shipping Board, 11 July 1919
  • Purchased back by DDG Hansa and renamed Argenfels, June 1923
  • Final disposition, broken up by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, 1933

  • Displacement 11,000 t.
  • Length 426' 9"
  • Beam 55' 1"
  • Draft 25' 2"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 5/40" and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended and one auxiliary boiler, one 3,102hp quadruple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Ockenfels
    Pequot 130k On her trials in Blexen Roadstead near Bremerhaven ca. May 1910 in the colors of the German "Hansa" Steamship Co.
    State Archives Bremen photo from
    Robert Hurst
    Pequot 72k Boresighting a 3"/50 gun mounted on board the ship, circa 1917
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 41712
    884k SS Ockenfels at Chelsea, Massachusetts, 28 June 1917. Note 3"/50 gun mounted on the forecastle deck's starboard side. Though not in commissioned U.S. Navy service, Ockenfels is flying a Navy jack at her bow, perhaps to signify that Navy armed guard personnel are manning her guns.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 546
    John Spivey
    884k General view of SS Ockenfels at Chelsea, Massachusetts, 28 June 1917.
    USN photo via Ronnie Bell/tormenter4555 on Flickr
    John Spivey
    USS Pequot (ID 2998)
    Pequot 128k Ship's Officers and Crew pose on and in front of her superstructure face, while she was at Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 23 February 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 104698
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The second Pequot (ID-2998), built in 1910 by J.C. Tecklenborg A.G., Geestemunde, Germany, was operated as Ockenfels by the Deutsche Dampfschifffahrt Ges., Hansa, until interned at New York at the outbreak of World War I. Seized when the United States entered the war, she was repaired and taken over by the Navy, on bare boat basis, from the Shipping Board, 28 October 1918. Commissioned as Pequot the same day. Lt Comdr. John Deery, USNRF, in command, she served in NOTS as a general cargo carrier on both the Army and Shipping Board accounts. She was struck from the Navy List and returned to the Shipping Board 11 July 1919.

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