S.S. Tofuku Maru, a 5858 gross ton (12,105-tons displacement) freighter, was built in 1918 by the Kawasaki Dockyard Company of Kobe, Japan. She was soon delivered to the United States Shipping Board, which renamed her Eastern Queen and, in mid-October, transferred her to the Navy. Placed in commission later in that month as USS Eastern Queen (ID # 3406), the ship was converted to an animal transport and late in November 1918 commenced her first trans-Atlantic voyage to France with, among other cargo, 550 horses. The ship returned to the U.S. in mid-January 1919 and began a second trip to France in early February. In mid-April 1919, soon after arriving back in the U.S., USS Eastern Queen was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board.
This page features all available views concerning the freighter Eastern Queen, which was USS Eastern Queen (ID # 3406) in 1918-1919.
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Photo #: NH 103541
S.S. Eastern Queen (American Freighter, 1918)
In port, possibly on 22 July 1918, when she was inspected by the Thirteenth Naval District.
Built by the Kawasaki Dockyard Company of Kobe, Japan, as Tofuku Maru, this steamer was renamed Eastern Queen when acquired by U.S. Shipping Board. The ship was transferred to the Navy on 19 October 1918 and placed in commission on 26 October as USS Eastern Queen (ID # 3406). She was decommissioned and returned to the Shipping Board on 19 April 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 28 February 2006