Pollux, a 2886 gross ton cargo ship, was built in 1909 by Werf voorheen Rijkee N. V., Rotterdam, Netherlands, for the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Pollux was one of six very similar ships built for KNSM with Clio (USS Clio - ID-2578) built by Rijkee at Rotterdam in 1910; Saturnus built by Mij Fijenoord in Rotterdam in 1909; and Mercurius (USS Mercurius - ID 2516), Minerva, and Stella built by William Hamilton & Co. Ltd. in Glasgow Scotland in 1909. Pollux was seized at Key West, Fla., by the U.S. on 20 March 1918, assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS), and commissioned there on 3 April 1918.
Pollux, manned by a skeleton crew of available sailors, sailed for Cuba, 6 April and took on board sugar at Havana, Cardenas, and Matanzas. She sailed to New Orleans 22 April with 25,000 bags of sugar for the American Sugar Refinery Co. and then prepared for inactivation. Pollux was decommissioned on 23 April 1918 and was turned over to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) on 24 April 1918 for civilian use during World War I. All Dutch vessels taken over by the United States were eventually redelivered to Holland, the last being returned on 8 November 1919.
Pollux became the French Tabarka in 1931. She was taken over by the British in July 1940 and sunk as a blockship at Scapa Flow on 23 March 1941. Her hulk was raised and scrapped in 1947.
This page features all available views of the cargo ship Pollux, which served as USS Pollux in 1918-19.
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S.S. Pollux (Dutch cargo ship, 1909)
In Dutch service, probably between the World Wars.
Page made 8 August 2015