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USS Rappahannock (AF-6)
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USS Rappahannock (ID# 1854) (1917 - 1920)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)
Animal Transport / Stores Ship;
  • Laid down at Bremer-Vulcan Yards, Vegesack, Germany as SS Pommern for the North German Lloyd Line
  • Launched in 1913
  • Seized at US entry into WWI and assigned by the United States Shipping Board (USSB) to the US Navy
  • Commissioned, USS Rappahannock (ID# 1854), 8 December 1917
  • Placed in reserve status at Portsmouth, VA. in 1919
  • Designated (AF-6), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 10 December 1924 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Mare Island Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1933
  • Sold, 5 October 1933, to Luckenbach Steamship Co., New York, N.Y., renamed SS William Luckenbach
  • Resold in November 1946 to an Italian shipping Co.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 17,000
    Length 471'2"
    Beam 59'2"
    Draft 26'6"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Complement 155
    Complement 1945 21 officers and 261 enlisted
    Armament
    one single 5" gun mount
    one single 3" gun mount
    Propulsion steam, single propeller
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    USS Rappahannock (ID-1854)
    Rappahannock 115k SS Pommern a German freighter was interned at Honolulu in August 1914 and was seized by the U.S. there in April 1917. In this view her German commercial markings have been painted out and she appears to have empty American-style gun platforms at both ends and probably shown while being operated by the Shipping Board in 1917 or very early in her Navy career as USS Rappahannock (ID-1854)
    US Naval History and Heritage Command., Photo # NH 44060.
    Mike Green
    Rappahannock 247k Damage to SS Pommern's boilers carried out by her German crew prior to her seizure by US authorities.
    Photo from "A History Of The Transport Service: Adventures And Experiences Of United States Transports And Cruiser In The World War", by Vice Admiral Albert Gleaves, USN, Pub. by George H. Doran Company, New York.
    Robert Hurst
    Rappahannock 135k USS Rappahannock (ID-1854) photographed circa March 1919. In the background can be seen USS Amphion (ID# 1888) probably during her inspection by the Third Naval District.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 105617
    Robert Hurst
    Rappahannock 130k Post card image of USS Rappahannock (ID-1854) in pattern camouflage circa 1918, possibly while operating for the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. Note the guns on platforms fore and aft.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 105921
    Mike Green
    Rappahannock 59k USS Rappahannock (ID-1854) at anchor, circa 1918. The ship is painted in pattern camouflage. The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105481, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.
    Mike Green
    Rappahannock 141k USS Rappahannock (ID-1854) at anchor off the Isle of Wight near Cowes, England, in late March 1919 supporting the delivery to the Allies by Germany of ocean liners that had remained in Germany during World War I. The liners were turned over under the terms of the Armistice to bring American troops home from Europe and were then retained by the Allies as war reparations. The Navy operated several of them, including USS Mobile, formerly the German Cleveland. The photo is from a scrapbook created by George Graham Smith of USS SC-254 that was broken up and sold on Ebay. SC-254 was at Cowes during the turnover.
    Courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    USS Rappahannock (AF-6)
    Rappahannock 42k USS Rappahannock (AF-6) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1922 CAPT. Walter W. White, USCG Ret in remembrance of his father
    LCDR Eric W. White, USN Ret USS Rappahannock
    Rappahannock 110k USS Rappahannock (AF-6) off Pensacola, FL., July 1924.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 105186
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Rappahannock 100k USS Rappahannock (AF-6) moored off San Diego, CA., during the early 1920s. Several destroyers are tied up in the left distance, among them: USS Woodbury (DD-309), second from left; and USS Mullany (DD-325), fourth from left. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 69440
    Robert Hurst
    Rappahannock 80k USS Rappahannock (AF-6) at anchor, with boats streamed astern, April 1923, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1219
    Robert Hurst
    Rappahannock 94k USS Rappahannock (AF-6) in port, circa 1922-1924. The original print is a color-tinted black & white photograph.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 74665-KN Donation of Donald M. McPherson, 1971.
    Robert Hurst
    Rappahannock 61k USS Rappahannock (AF-6) at anchor, circa 1922-1924, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1342
    Robert Hurst

    USS Rappahannock (ID# 1854 / AF-6)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    02CDR. Allen, Burrell Clinton10 June 1921 - 1 June 1922
    03CDR. Taylor, Thomas Herbert1 June 1922 - 1923
    04LCDR. Rhodes, Butler Young1923 - 1924
    05LT. Butler, Phillip David1924 - 10 December 1924
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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