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NavSource Online: Identification Numbered Vessel Photo Archive


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

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

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)


  • Built in 1897 at Voss K.G., Hamburg, Germany
  • Placed in commercial service by Hamburg-Amerikanische Paketfahrt A.G.
  • Taken over by the U.S. Navy, 28 March 1919
  • Commissioned USS Pretoria, 29 March 1919 at Cowes, England
  • Delivered to the United States Shipping Board 25 November 1919 at New York, NY
  • Ceded to Great Britain 10 September 1920 and operated by the Ellerman Line
  • Scrapped in November 1921


  • Displacement 14,130 t.
  • Length 561' 1"
  • Beam 62' 2"
  • Draft 25' 9"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 542
  • Propulsion: Steam, two shafts.
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    SS Pretoria
    Pretoria 235k Undated post card Tommy Trampp
    Pretoria 108k
    Pretoria 268k Post card dated 1898
    Pretoria 174k Hamburg America Line passenger ship Pretoria underway circa 1898
    Photo 022307 by the Detroit Publishing Co. from the Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID det.4a15908
    Robert Hurst
    Pretoria 335k Post card dated 20 May - 2 June 1905 Tommy Trampp
    Pretoria 257k Post card dated 27 October 1908
    USS Pretoria
    Pretoria 64k . Richard Leonhardt
    Pretoria 78k Boat deck Richard Leonhardt
    Pretoria 76k Wardroom dining area
    Pretoria 72k Wardroom smoking room
    Pretoria 71k Promenade deck
    Pretoria 81k Troop berthing compartment
    Pretoria 80k Looking forward from the bridge
    Pretoria 62k Officers pantry
    Pretoria 73k Surgical operating room
    Pretoria 77k Radio shack
    Pretoria 346k Janet Foster
    Pretoria 79k Underway in New York Harbor while on troopship duty in 1919
    Photographed by E. Muller Jr., New York.
    Naval Historical Center photo 42411
    Robert Hurst
    Marica 87k At Brest, France on 29 June 1919, with the U.S. Navy lighter Nenette alongside USS Marica (ID 4031). The ship in the left distance is Pretoria
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106613

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