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USS DeKalb

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USS DeKalb (ID-3010) was the German mail ship that served during the early part of the First World War as an auxiliary cruiser (Hilfkreuzer) in the Imperial German Navy and later after the US entry into the war, as a US Navy troop ship. Post war she returned to civilian service as the US transatlantic liner SS Mount Clay. German civilian service SS Prinz Eitel Friedrich (1904) The ship was a North German Lloyd (NDL) mail ship and ocean liner built by AG Vulcan, Stettin, Germany, and launched on 18 June 1904 as . NDL had ordered her for the German Mail route between Germany and the Far East, for which she began her maiden voyage on 13 October. German auxiliary cruiser When the First World War broke out on 1 August 1914 she was in Shanghai, China and was ordered to Tsingtao in the then German Kiaochow Bay concession. There she was quickly converted to an auxiliary cruiser for the Imperial German Navy by transferring the guns and crews of the German gunboats and t
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