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Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm (ID 4063)

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

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


  • Built in 1907 by J. C. Teeklenborg A. G., Geestemünde, Germany
  • Launched 21 October 1907
  • Took refuge at Odda, Norway in August 1914 at the outbreak of World War I
  • Seized by the Allied Maritime Council at Bremerhaven, Germany after the Armistice and alloted to the British Shipping Controller
  • Commissioned Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm (ID 4063), 30 March 1919 at Cowes, England
  • Decommissioned 25 November 1919 at New York and transferred to the United States Shipping Board the same day
  • Chartered by the Canadian Pacific Line in July 1920
  • Sold 13 May 1921 to the Canadian Pacific Line, rebuilt and renamed Empress of China
  • Renamed Empress of India in 1921
  • Renamed Montlaurier in 1922
  • Renamed Monteith and Montnairn in 1925
  • Sold to shipbreakers at Genoa, Italy in December 1929
  • Scrapped in March 1930.


  • Displacement 26,050 t.
  • Length 610'
  • Beam 68' 3"
  • Draft 27' 6"
  • Speed 17 kts.
  • Complement 631
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: Two four cylinder, quadruple-expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    SS Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 106k

    Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia (German: Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Karl Ernst Alexander Heinrich von Preußen; 12 July 1880 – 9 March 1925) was a member of the House of Hohenzollern, great-grandson of Frederick William III of Prussia
    Photo added 27 September 2020

    Tommy Trampp
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 106k Metal model built by J. C. Tecklenborg, Geestemünde, Germany
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 99k
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 382k Photo from "Passenger Liners of the World Since 1893" (1979) by Nicholas T. Cairis
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 137k Post card dated 22 June 1913, Hudson Terminal Station, NY
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 66k In port in 1919, possibly in the New York City area when she was inspected by the Third Naval District after her initial passage from European waters after entering Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99471
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm (ID 4063)
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 103k Being assisted by tugs, probably in the New York Harbor area, 1919. Photographed from USS Scranton (ID 3511).
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99457
    Naval Historical Center
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 111k Off Manhattan Island, New York City, with her decks crowded with U.S. troops returning from Europe, 1919.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 43124
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 121k Original photo: c. 1919
    The Carl Hess collection
    Replacement photo: Halftone reproduction of a heavily retouched photograph of the ship. It was published in 1919 by A.M. Simon, 324 E. 23rd St., New York City, as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 104472
    Original photo: Don Pate
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 153k c. 1919.
    The Carl Hess collection
    Don Pate
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 152k
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 197k
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 209k
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 190k
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 187k
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 184k
    SS Montlaurier
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 277k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 24k c. 1924
    Vintage tobacco/cigarette card issued by W. D. and H. O. Wills Tobacco Co., Bristol - London, England
    SS Montnairn
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 119k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm 24k c. 1927
    Courtesy of the Russell Family in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada

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