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USS Kittery (AK-2)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
World War I Victory Medal (with Transport Clasp)


Kittery Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS President at G. Seebach Co., Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Launched, 30 November 1905
  • Interned at San Juan, P.R., in 1915
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 14 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Kittery, 6 July 1918, at Philadelphia, PA., LCDR. Charles Geddes, USNRF, in command
  • Designated USS Kittery (AK-2), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 5 April 1933
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 11 April 1933
  • Transferred to the United State Shipping Board (USSB), 26 June 1933
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1937
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,300 t.
    Length 293' 8"
    Beam 40' 6"
    Draft 13' 3"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 87
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam

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    Kittery 81k USS Kittery at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in August 1917. Photographed by John G. Krieger.
    US Navy photo # NH 520724 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command, donation of John G. Krieger, 1966-67.
    Robert Hurst
    Kittery 46k USS Kittery (AK-2) probably photographed between mid-1917 to mid-1918.
    US navy photo # NH 64597-A from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Kittery 79k USS Kittery at anchor probably in the West Indies, circa 1918. Note her pattern camouflage.
    US Navy photo # NH 106029 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.
    Robert Hurst
    Kittery 88k USS Kittery at anchor probably in the West Indies, circa 1918. Note her pattern camouflage.
    US Navy photo # NH 106030 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.
    Robert Hurst
    Kittery 69k USS Kittery in Guantanamo Bay in 1919. She is still wearing her World War I camouflage paint.
    US Navy photo # NH 105356 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command, collection of George K. Beach.
    Robert Hurst
    Kittery 98k USS Kittery departing Hampton Roads, VA., 7 May 1925.

    US Navy photo # NH 52072 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.
    Mike Green
    Kittery 96k USS Kittery (AK-2) photographed circa the 1920s.
    US Navy photo # HN 2071 from the collections of the US Naval History an Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Kittery 109k USS Kittery underway n the late 1920s or early 1930s, possibly in a Caribbean port. Kittery spent her entire Navy career carrying cargo and personnel between the U.S. East Coast and ports in the West Indies.
    US Navy photo # NH 105296 from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.
    Mike Green
    Kittery 101k USS Kittery (AK-2) probably photographed in the late 1920s or early 1030s, possibly in a Caribbean port. Kittery spent her entire Navy career carrying cargo and personnel between the U.S. East Coast and ports in the West Indies.
    US Naval photo # NH 52073 from the collections of the US naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst

    USS Kittery (AK-2)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Geddes, Charles6 July 1918 - ?
    02CDR. Jensen, Henry Martin22 March 1921 - ?
    03CDR. Pryor, Frank Davis26 May 1921 - 22 Oct 1921
    04CDR. Stevens, Lemuel Mussetter15 April 1924 - 29 March 1926
    05CDR. Cumming, John Whitlow Wetherill29 March 1926 - 22 October 1929
    07CDR. McGuire, Henry Davis8 May 1931 - May 1932
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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