|USS Pollux (SP-2573)|
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Werf voorheen Rijkee N. V., Rotterdam, the Netherlands|
|Acquired:||20 March 1918|
|Commissioned:||3 April 1918|
|Decommissioned:||24 April 1918|
|Fate:||Transferred to United States Shipping Board 24 April 1918|
|Notes:||In commercial service 1909-1918, United States Shipping Board Service 1918-1919, and commercial service from 1919 as Pollux|
|Tonnage:||3,940 deadweight tons|
|Length:||326 ft 9 in (99.59 m) between perpendiculars|
|Beam:||44 ft 1 in (13.44 m)|
|Draft:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
The U.S. Navy acquired Pollux for World War I service from her owners, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 20 March 1918 and commissioned her at Key West on 3 April 1918 as USS Pollux (SP-2573), with Lieutenant Commander Geert Scheltens, USNRF, in command.
Manned by a skeleton crew of available sailors, Pollux departed Key West on 6 April 1918 for Cuba, where she took on board sugar at Havana, Cárdenas, and Matanzas. She arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 22 April 1918 with 25,000 bags of sugar for the American Sugar Refinery Company, then began preparations for inactivation. The Navy decommissioned Pollux and turned her over to the United States Shipping Board on 24 April 1918 for further use during World War I. She was returned to her owners in 1919.
References[edit | edit source]
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Pollux (SP 2573)
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