Ships Bought in Japan: Illustrations

These 15 ships fell into at least seven classes. Here are views of four ships representing three classes. Three of these images are indistinct views taken from Navy ID data cards now at the Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C., and one was printed in a 1925 EFC sales catalog to represent its class.

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S.S. Eastern Chief

This ship was built by the Uraga Dock Co., completed in December 1917 for a Japanese shipping firm as Yoshida Maru No. 3, and purchased by the U.S. Shipping Board in June 1918. S.S. Eastern Cross, a ship with similar dimensions from the same builder, might have been a sister.

Photo No. NH 103540
Source: U.S. Naval Historical Center

 
S.S. Eastern Queen

This ship was one of seven virtually identical flush-decked freighters built by the Kawasaki Dockyard and sold upon completion to the U.S. Shipping Board. Eastern Queen was completed in February 1918 under the name Tofoku Maru.

Photo No. NH 103541
Source: U.S. Naval Historical Center

 
S.S. Easterner

In a nest of cargo ships--the tall stack is hers. This ship was a sister to Eastern Queen and was completed in February 1918 under the name Seifuku Maru.

Photo No. NH 103542
Source: U.S. Naval Historical Center

 
S.S. Eastport

This ship was completed by the Osaka Iron Works and sold directly to the U.S. Shipping Board in August 1918. Probably photographed while in Shipping Board custody after World War I. She briefly saw commercial service in 1920-1921 and then remained idle until sold to the Soviet Union in 1930.

Photo No. None (contained in S-528-A)
Source: U.S. Naval Historical Center