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Callao (ID 4036)

Navy call sign:
George - Jig - Dog - Pup


  • The second Callao was built in 1913/1914 as Sierra Cordoba by Vulkan Werke, Stettin, Germany
  • Acquired by the Navy 26 April 1919 and commissioned USS Callao (ID 4036)
  • Decommissioned 20 September 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Renamed Ruth Alexander in 1921
  • Bombed and abandoned on 31 December 1941 off Balikpapan, Indonesia and sank on 2 January 1942.


  • Displacement 13,269 t.
  • Length 455' 9"
  • Beam 55' 9"
  • Draft 26'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 184
  • Propulsion: Two triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Callao 77k In port, possibly in the New York City area at the time she was inspected for U.S. service, circa April 1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99172
    Naval Historical Center

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