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Montclair (ID 3497)

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

Refrigerator Ship:

  • Built in 1918 as War Speed by the Standard Shipbuilding Corp., Shooters’ Island, New York, NY for the Cunard Steamship Co.
  • Renamed Montclair prior to completion
  • Launched 30 March 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 August 1918 at Brooklyn, NY and commissioned USS Montclair (ID 3497) the same day
  • Decommissioned 7 July 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Scrapped in 1937 at Baltimore, MD.


  • Displacement 10,562 t.
  • Length 377'
  • Beam 52'
  • Draft 23' 8¼"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 90
  • Armament: One 4"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Montclair 420k 30 March 1918
    National Archives photo 165-WW 499 102 by Underwood and Underwood
    Mike Mohl
    Photo added 16 October 2020
    Montclair 69k Photographed in port during World War I, while painted in "dazzle" camouflage. Another ship, of identical topside configuration, is on her opposite side
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102040
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Frank C. Lane, USNRF1918
    02LCDR George Grundy, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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