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USS Gulfport (AK-5)
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USS Gulfport (SP-2989) (1917 - 1920)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp) - Haitian Campaign Medal


Cargo Ship:
  • Built in 1902, as SS Andree Rickmers at Rickmers Atkien Ges., Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Renamed SS Locksun, date unknown
  • Seized by USSB at Pearl Harbor, TH., 1917
  • Assigned to the US Navy and converted to a cargo transport at Honolulu Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Gulfport (SP-2989), 1 September 1917, LCDR. Paul Fisher Johnston, USNR, in command
  • Redesignated USS Gulfport (AK-5), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 3 March 1922, at Brooklyn Navy Yard;, N.Y.
  • Sold, 25 May 1922, to Moore & McCormack Inc, delivered, 23 August 1922, renamed SS Commercial Scout
  • Resold in 1924 to Pei Lun S.S. Co. Ltd. Hong Kong, BCC, renamed SS Lok Sun
  • Final Disposition, stranded and burnt out 14 July 1929 on Samson Island Hong Kong and removed to the city on 15 October 1929 and scrapped
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,800 t.
    Length 267' 4"
    Beam 37' 2"
    Draft 18'
    Speed 7.5kts
    Complement 52
    Armament
    one single 4"/50 cal gun mount
    one 6-pdr.
    Propulsion steam
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    Gulfport 100k USS Gulfport (SP-2989) moored pierside circa 1917. Formerly the German SS Locksun, seized in May 1917, this freighter was placed in commission in September 1917.
    US Navy photo # NH 101737 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Commands, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Gulfport 146k Officers and crew posing in front of their ship, USS Gulfport (AK-5) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 13 January 1921. The ship's commanding officer, in the center, is probably LCDR S.W. Hickey, USNRF. The panoramic photograph was taken by Crosby & Falck (?), 11 Portland St., Boston, MA.
    US Navy photo # NH 93143 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970.
    Robert Hurst
    Gulfport 35k USS Gulfport (AK-5) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 19 April 1921. Panoramic photograph by Crosby, "Naval Photographer", 324 First Street, Portsmouth, VA.
    US Navy photo # NH 93142 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Commands, donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green

    USS Gulfport (AK-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Johnston, Paul Fisher, USNR1 September 1917 - 25 January 1918>
    02LCDR. Taucer, Charles Louis, USNRF25 January 1918 - 2 October 1918>
    03LT. Worrell, C, USNRF2 October 1918 - 11 September 1920>
    04LCDR. Hickey, Samuel Walter, USNRF11 September 1920 - 3 March 1922>
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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