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Soestdijk (ID 3413)


  • Built in 1901 by Furness, Withy and Co., West Hartlepool, England
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918
  • Commissioned 30 March 1918
  • Decommissioned 14 July 1919 at Rotterdam, The Netherlands and returned to her owner, the Holland America Line
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 6,445 t.
  • Length 400' 4"
  • Beam 52' 1"
  • Draft 28' 6"
  • Depth of hold 29' 4"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 4"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Four single ended boilers, one 2,600hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Soestdijk 69k Photographed circa 1918
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 102226
    Naval Historical Center
    Soestdijk 97k At anchor circa 1918-1919
    Photograph from the USS Soestdjik collection, donated by Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106370
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Albert G. Velten, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Soestdijk-a steel-hulled steamer launched in 1901 by Furness, Withy & Co., West Hartlepool, England, for the Holland America Line-was seized by United States Customs officials on 21 March 1918; transferred to the Navy, and commissioned on 30 March 1918 for service in the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS).

    Soestdijk's career in NOTS consisted entirely of voyages between Atlantic ports of the United States and south American shipping centers, carrying coal manganese ore, and linseed. Between May 1918 and May 1919, she made three trips from Baltimore to Brazilian ports and she also engaged in coastwide traffic along the eastern seaboard, visiting New York N.Y.; Charleston, S.C., and Newport News, Va. On 1 June 1919, she sailed from Baltimore laden with food bound for Europe. She made Falmouth, England, on the 16th; then headed on to Goteborg, Sweden, where she unloaded her cargo. On 8 July, she departed Goteborg for Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Soestdijk decommissioned there on 14 July 1919 and was returned to her owner.

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