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Iowan (ID 3002)

Navy call sign:
George - Quack - King - Love

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Dog - King - Rush

Freighter/Animal Transport:

  • Built in 1913 by Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD
  • Launched 24 January 1914
  • Completed in May 1914
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 December 1917
  • Commissioned Iowan (ID 3002), 21 February 1918
  • Decommissioned 22 December 1919 and returned to her owners, the American-Hawaiian Steamship Co. of New York, NY
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration in 1942 and transferred
    under Lend Lease to the Soviet Union 6 December 1942. The Soviets renamed the ship Tashkent and assigned it to the Far East State Sea Shipping Co. For the remainder of the war it was seconded to the Soviet Navy's Pacific Fleet. In August 1945 it delivered troops and cargo in support of the Soviet invasions of Japanese-held territory at Chongjin, Korea; Kholmsk on Sakhalin; and the Kurile Islands. After the war Tashkent returned to merchant shipping operations in the Far East. Late in 1966 it was removed from the active roster and transferred to North Korea for use as a fish
    processing facility
  • Scrapped in 1969.


  • Displacement 14,375 t.
  • Length 428' 9"
  • Beam 53' 6"
  • Draft 28'
  • Speed 14.85 kts.
  • Complement 96
  • Armament: One 4"/40 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Three single ended and one auxiliary boiler, one 3,880hp vertical quadruple-expansion engine, one shaft.
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    USS Iowan (ID 3002)
    Iowan 135k Iowan at St Nazaire, France, 8 October 1918. the original print has been inscribed by its original owner, Seaman 1st Class John H. Allen, with information concerning the ship and his service as a member of her crew
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 106028
    Robert Hurst
    Iowan 187k Men of Company C, 104th Field Signal Battalion, U.S. Army, boarding the ship at St. Nazaire, France, on the morning of 8 May 1919, to be transported back to the United States
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103040
    Naval Historical Center
    Iowan 164k In port in 1919, while serving as a troop transport engaged in returning World War I veterans to the United States.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103276
    Iowan 142k In port in 1919, while serving as a troop transport.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103920
    Robert Hurst
    Iowan 77k Arriving in a U.S. port (probably New York) in 1919, with her decks crowded with troops returning from Europe.
    Photographed by E. Muller Jr., New York City.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104598
    Iowan 130k In port, 1919
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106645
    Iowan 88k c. September 1919
    Ships officers
    Betty Philipps
    SS Tashkent
    Iowan 110k At anchor in San Francisco Bay, California, during World War II.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89976
    Naval Historical Center

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