Mount Clay
The "Mount Clay" was built in 1904 by A.G.Vulkan at Stettin as the "Prinz Eitel Friedrich" for Norddeutscher Lloyd [North German Lloyd]. She was a 8865 gross ton vessel, length 488.3ft x beam 55.7ft, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 15 knots. There was accommodation for 6-cabin class and 1,300-3rd class passengers. I don't have any information on her early history but suspect she was used on the Far East service as she left Tsingtao, China on 6/8/1914 and arrived at Newport News on 11/3/1915 where she stayed until 1916. She was then escorted to Philadelphia in October of that year and was seized by the US government and renamed "De Kalb" in April 1917 when America entered the war. In 1920 she was rebuilt by the Morse Drydock & Repair Co and taken over by the Panamanian flag, United American Lines, who renamed her "Mount Clay". On 26/12/1920 she sailed from New York for Hamburg, Boston and New York. In 1923 her accommodation was increased to accommodate 110-cabin class passengers and on 15/10/1925 she commenced her last voyage from Hamburg to Queenstown [Cobh] and New York. It would appear that she was then laid up as I have no further information on her until she was scrapped in 1934.
Citation: [Posted to the Emigration-Ships Mailing List by Ted Finch - 11 September 1997]
Mount Clay (steamer)
Steel steamer, three decks two mast, 8,170 tons. 488.3 x 55.7 x 22.2 feet with 200 crew. Built in 1904 at Stettin, Germany. Purchased by the Admiral Line in 1928. Between 1928 and 1931 she was laid up at Baltimore. Formerly known as Prinz Eitel Friedrich and De Kalb.
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Mount Clay (steamship)
The twin-screw steamship Mount Clay, an 8,170-ton passenger vessel built at Stettin in 1904 as the German Prinz Eitel Friedrich, taken over by the United States in 1917 and operated as the DeKalb, and sold to the United American Line in 1921 as the Mount Clay, purchased by the Admiral Line, but never placed in service by that company. Gordon Newell, Maritime Events of 1927-28, H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle: Superior, 1966, p. 388.
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