Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Identification Numbered Vessel Photo Archive

Eastern Queen (ID 3406)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Mike - Jig - Fox


  • Built in 1918 as Tefuku Maru by the Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Kobe, Japan
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 October 1918
  • Commissioned USS Eastern Queen (ID 3406), 26 October 1918
  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board the same day
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 12,105 t.
  • Length 397'
  • Beam 51'
  • Draft 27' 1"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 3,000ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Eastern Queen 64k In port, possibly on 22 July 1918, when she was inspected by the Thirteenth Naval District
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103541
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR William Martin Gifford, USNRF26 October 1918 - 1919
    02LCDR Eugene Lane, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Eastern Queen (No. 3406), a cargo ship, was built in February 1918 as Tefuku Maru by Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Kobe, Japan; converted for naval use at Baltimore Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Md.; transferred from the Shipping Board 19 October 1918, and commissioned 26 October 1918, Lieutenant Commander W. M. Gifford, USNRF,
    in command.

    Eastern Queen was refitted as an animal transport during her conversion and, when she sailed from Norfolk 25 November,1918, carried 550 horses plus other cargo. She arrived at St. Nazaire 14 December for a 15-day stay. Ballasted with steel, she embarked 30 Army passengers for Baltimore and reached there 15 January 1919.

    Her second French voyage was to La Pallice and Bordeaux, to transfer food, motor oil, and other cargo for the Army between 2 February and 10 April 1919. She was decommissioned 19 April 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board the same day.

    Back To The Main Photo Index Back to the Identification Numbered Vessel (ID) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created by Joseph M. Radigan and maintained by David Wright
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History