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Zeppelin (ID 4042)

Navy call sign (Early 1919):
George - Jig - Boy - Watch

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Item - Vice - King


  • Built in 1914 by Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack, Germany
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1919
  • Commissioned USS Zeppelin (ID 4042), 5 March 1919
  • Decommissioned in Europe 15 November 1919
  • Returned to the United States Shipping Board 25 November 1919
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom 27 December 1919
  • Sold to the Orient Steamship Co., Ltd. in 1920 and renamed SS Ormuz
  • Sold to the North German Lloyd Line in 1927 and renamed Dresden
  • Wrecked on the Norwegian coast in 1934.


  • Displacement 21,753 t.
  • Length between perpendiculars 550'
  • Beam 67' 2"
  • Draft 26' 6"
  • Speed 15.5 kts.
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    USS Zeppelin (ID 4042)
    Zeppelin 115k Underway in 1919
    Courtesy of the Caraway Co., Rutterfort, New Jersey, 1936
    U.S. Navy photo NH 63241
    Naval Historical Center
    Zeppelin 123k Halftone reproduction of a photograph of the ship. This view has been retouched, adding two small steamers and a tug in
    the foreground.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103320
    Zeppelin 109k In port during 1919, while serving as a troop transport.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103331
    Zeppelin 76k In port in 1919, probably at Hoboken, New Jersey.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103408
    Zeppelin 102k Navy C-type Blimp greets Zeppelin as she arrived off New York, circa 28 June 1919. The transport was bringing crews of the seaplanes NC-1, NC-3 and NC-4 back to the U.S. after their trans-Atlantic flight attempt
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44091
    Zeppelin 134k Panoramic photograph of the ship arriving at New York, July 1919. She is being assisted by tugs, among them U.S. Army Tug No. 5 (in the foreground).
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1971.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44091
    SS Ormuz
    Zeppelin 247k Undated post card from W.H. Smith and Sons "Kingsway" Series No. S.4195 Tommy Trampp
    Zeppelin 213k Undated post cards
    Zeppelin 167k
    Zeppelin 287k Undated post card showing Ormuz entering Naples, Italy
    SS Dresden
    Zeppelin 427k Undated post card Tommy Trampp

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