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Cable Ship:

  • Built in 1901 by Stettiner Vulkan Shipyard at Stettin, Germany
  • Launched 29 December 1902 and entered service on 1 March 1903 with the Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke firm of Nordenham, Germany. Her first job was the laying of the first German manufactured
    transatlantic cable and many other jobs followed
  • Allocated to the British Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co. of London, England as war reparations at the end of World War I
  • Released to U.S. custody at Vigo, Spain, 27 May 1919 and was taken over by Naval Nucleus Crew 3
  • Commissioned USS Stephan 11 June 1919
  • Decommissioned 3 July 1919 and transferred to the United Kingdom
  • Scrapped in 1926.


  • Displacement 4,630 t.
  • Length 391.8'
  • Beam 48.3'
  • Draft 29.8'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Propulsion: Two 1,200ihp triple-expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Stephan 10k In German merchant service before World War I
    Photo courtesy K. R. Haigh, Cableships and Submarine Cables (London, 1968), page 334 from
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for Stephan
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