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USAT Bridgeport
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USAHS Larkspur (1944 - 1946)
USS Bridgeport (AD-10) (1920 - 1924)
USS Bridgeport (Destroyer Tender #10) (1918 - 1920)
USS Bridgeport Repair Ship #2) (1917)
USS Bridgeport (ID #3009) (1917)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Mobile Base clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Bridgeport Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Built in 1901 as the commercial steamship SS Breslau at Bremer Vulcan, Vegesack, Germany
  • Launched, 14 August 1901
  • Seized by the Collector of the Port of New Orleans on Americas entry into World War I
  • Turned over to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) and transferred to the Navy at New Orleans
  • Renamed Bridgeport, 9 June 1917 and designated as a Repair Ship
  • Redesignated and completed as a Destroyer Tender
  • Commissioned USS Bridgeport (ID #3009), 25 August 1917, LCDR. Albert B. Randall, USNRF, in command
  • Designated (AD-10), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 3 November 1924, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA. and laid up in Reserve
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 October 1941
  • Turned over to the War Shipping Administration, which in turn turned her over to the US Army in November 1942
  • Converted to a US Army Hospital Ship at Jacksonville, FL., September 1943 to August 1944, Commissioned USAHS Larkspur
  • Decommissioned as a hospital ship in January 1946
  • Renamed USAT Bridgeport and modified for use as a military dependents' transport
  • Decommissioned and returned to the Maritime Commission in April 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1948
    AD Specifications:
    Displacement 7,175 t.
    Length 447' 3"
    Beam 54' 4"
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement 552
    Armament eight 5" guns
    Propulsion
    two quadruple expansion steam engines
    two oil fired boilers at 320 PSI (c.1944)
    two propellers

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    Bridgeport 149k The mail steamer SS Breslau of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Line, Bremen as shown on a contemporary post card. This ship carried up to 1,600 immigrants per voyage westbound to America and large cargoes of wheat and cotton back to Germany.
    Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Bridgeport 103k SS Breslau underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USS Bridgeport (Repair Ship #2)
    Bridgeport 87k USS Bridgeport (Repair Ship #2) at New York City, 1 October 1917.
    Previously the German merchant steamer Breslau, she was seized at New Orleans when the United States entered World War I. Renamed Bridgeport on 9 June 1917, after being turned over to the Navy, she was placed in commission on 25 August 1917.
    US Navy photo # NH 56577 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Bridgeport 104k USS Bridgeport (Repair Ship #2) at Brest, France, circa 1918. USS Wainwright (Destroyer # 62) is tied up to her port side, and an unusual turret steamer is alongside to starboard. The Captain's gig of the French Naval School is under sail in the foreground.
    Photographed by Robert W. Neeser.
    US Navy photo # NH 42569 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Bridgeport 96k USS Bridgeport (Repair Ship #2) with two destroyers tied up to starboard. This photo was taken from the fantail of USS Rambler (SP-211) showing Rambler's after 3"/50 gun and depth charges on racks and a "Y-gun" thrower, Brest, France, 1918.
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970.
    US Navy photo # NH 73255 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Bridgeport 116k USS Bridgeport (Repair Ship #2) probably shown at Brest, France, in late 1918-1920.
    A US Navy photo, courtesy Shipscribe.com and Seward Weymouth, as seen in Jane’s, All the World’s Fighting Ships; 1924.
    Mike Green
    Bridgeport 116k USS Bridgeport (Repair Ship #2) in port circa 1918-1919. The original image is printed on post card "AZO" stock.
    US Navy photo # NH 106390 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command, donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Robert Hurst
    USS Bridgeport (Destroyer Tender #10)
    Bridgeport 117k Ships dressed with flags in Brest harbor, awaiting the arrival of President Woodrow Wilson, in December 1918 or March 1919. Ships present include USS Bridgeport (ID #3009) at left, USS Prometheus (Repair Ship #2) is in the center, with tugs alongside. Two US Navy destroyers, another tug, and the Italian cruiser Libia are in the center and right distance. In the right-center foreground are two "Menhaden Fisherman" minesweepers, one wearing the numeral "5". Tugs may include USS Osceola and two units of the Allegheny class.
    US Navy photo # NH 42571 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Bridgeport 135k USS Bridgeport (Destroyer Tender #10) at anchor in 1920, location.
    Photo by Seward, Weymouth from "Jane's All the Worlds Fighting Ships, 1924"
    Derick S. Hartshorn
    Bridgeport 115k USS Bridgeport (Destroyer Tender #10) off New York City, May 1921, just before going to Boston Navy Yard for an overhaul and two months before being designated as a destroyer tender (AD-10). Note that the after part of the open area under the amidships superstructure has been plated in, probably for additional repair facilities.
    US Navy photo # NH 90100 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Mike Green
    USS Bridgeport (AD-10)
    Mohave 116k USS Mohave (AT-15) at Boston Navy Yard, circa 1924. USS Bridgeport (AD-10) and USS Constitution (IX-21) are in the background.
    US Navy photo # NH 45949 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Bridgeport 205k USS Bridgeport (AD-10), in reserve, and decommissioned USS Utah (BB-31) in dry dock at Boston Navy Yard, circa 1925-1928. Utah is undergoing a two year modernization which includes new oil burners for her boilers, installation of fighting masts and rearrangement of her guns so that they can be elevated without violating the provisions of the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty. Bridgeport will be used to house the Utah's crew during the overhaul. Courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
    Bridgeport 374k
    Bridgeport 135k
    Bridgeport 142k USS Bridgeport (AD-10) in use at Norfolk Navy Yard circa early 1932 as a barracks ship for the crew of the battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) while that ship was being modernized. In the foreground are the smokestack and the top of a lattice mast that have just been removed from Idaho by the floating crane (probably YD-26).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # unknown (Houser Collection)
    Mike Green
    AVC-1 99k Maumee (AO-2) and Bridgeport (AD-10) in reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard, 4 January 1941. In the foreground AVC-1 is having her catapult installed.
    US National Archives Photo from RG-19-LCM.
    Robert Hurst and Mike Green
    AVC-1 121k
    USAHS Larkspur
    Bridgeport 208k A well distributed ad showing USAHS Larkspur (ex-USS Bridgeport, ex-German SS Breslau) that appeared in many marine publications of the day, promoting Merrill Stevens ship repair facilities.
    Photo from "Hospital Ships of World war II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman, authors collection.
    Robert Hurst
    Bridgeport 116k USAHS Larkspur a halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1943-1945. Originally the German commercial steamer Breslau, this ship served as USS Bridgeport during and after World War I. Copied from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, page 342.
    US Navy photo # NH 98475 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Bridgeport 556k USAHS Larkspur arrives at Charleston S.C. Port of Embarkation, date unknown.
    US Army Signal Corps. photo.
    Tommy Trampp and Richard Johnson
    Bridgeport 49k
    Bridgeport 47k
    Europa 74k USAHS Larkspur tied up alongside USS Europa (AP-177) in Bremerhaven before Europa departed on her first repatriation voyage in 1945.
    US Navy photo from "Great Liners At War" by Stephen Harding.
    Robert Hurst
    USAT Bridgeport
    Bridgeport 115k USAT Bridgeport halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1946, after the ship had been converted from the Army Hospital Ship Larkspur. Originally the German commercial steamer Breslau, this ship served as USS Bridgeport during and after World War I.
    Copied from "Troopships of World War II", by Roland W. Charles, page 11.
    US Navy photo # NH 98474 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Bridgeport 96k USAT Bridgeport in port, circa 1946
    US Navy photo # NH 98482 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    US Navy History and Heritage Command

    USS Bridgeport (AD-10)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Randall, Albert B.25 August 1917 -1 October 1917
    02CDR. Jessop, Earl Percy1 October 1917 - 27 November 1918
    03CDR. Downes Jr., John27 November 1918 - 1 December 1919
    04CAPT. Jessop, Earl Percy1 December 1919 -?
     CDR. Cocke, Herbert Claiborne9 July 1921 - July 1923
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves, photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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