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USAT Nevada
ex-USS Rogday (ID 3583)

Rogday served both the U. S. Navy and Army

Freighter/Ice Breaker:

  • Built in 1915 as the freighter Nevada by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Manitowoc, WI
  • Purchased in 1917 by Russia and renamed Rogday
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 November 1918 and commissioned USS Rogday (ID 3583) the same day at Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Decommissioned 18 June 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board for return to the Russian government
  • Struck from the Naval Register 24 September 1919
  • Sold in 1921 to the Pere Marquette Line Steamers Co., Grand Haven, MI and renamed Nevada
  • Sold in 1935 to the Muskegon Dock and Fuel Co., Muskegon, MI
  • Sold in 1940 to the Wisconsin and Michigan Steamship Co., Milwaukee, WI
  • Sold in 1941 to the Sand Products Corp. of Milwaukee
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission in 1943
  • Sank in a gale approximately 200 miles south of Greenland 18 December 1943 while en route from St. Johnís, Newfoundland, Canada to Narsarssuak, Greenland.


  • Displacement 2,122 t.
    1926 - 2,097 t.
  • Length 230'
    1926 - 221.2'
  • Beam 42'
  • Depth of hold 24'
  • Draft 24.7' (1926)
  • Complement 96
    1926 - 37
  • Propulsion: One 1,600hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    USS Rogday (ID 3583)
    Rogday 85k Probably photographed at Boston, Massachusetts, in 1918-1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102164
    Naval Historical Center
    SS Nevada
    Rogday 94k Back on the Great Lakes as Nevada Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USAT Nevada
    Rogday 88k Photographed from the deck of the USCGC Comanche (WPG-76) as Nevada was foundering in the North Atlantic, circa 15-18 December 1943. Comanche was able to rescue twenty-nine of those on board Nevada, but thirty-four lost their lives during the abandonment of the storm-crippled ship
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 66258
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR James N. Patton, USNRF22 November 1918
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT George P. Turiga, USMMDecember 1943
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Rogday was built during 1915 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Maintowoc, Wisc., as the steel freighter Nevada, purchased in 1917 by the Imperial Russian Government for use as an icebreaking transport vessel and renamed Rogday. Remaining in American waters due to the deteriorating political situation in Russia during 1917, Rogday was acquired by the U.S. Shipping Board and transferred to the U.S. Navy 22 November 1918 at Sydney, Nova Scotia. Rogday was commissioned 22 November 1918 at Sydney, N.S., Lt. Comdr. J. N. Patton, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to duty in the 1st Naval District with the view of using her as an icebreaker, Rogday departed Sydney 5 December 1918 for Halifax and Boston. She remained inactive at Boston until June, when she was ordered to sea to assist the damaged cargo ship West Grama (SP-3794) west of Bermuda. Continuing on eastward, Rogday anchored at Bermuda 7 June to 11 June 1919. Returning to Boston, she was placed out of commission 18 June 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board 24 September 1919. Transferred to representatives of the Czarist government the same day, Rogday was sold to Pere Marquette Line Steamers Co., Grand Haven Mich., in 1921 and renamed Nevada. She served several owners until transferred to the Maritime Commission in 1943.

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