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USS Beaufort (AK-6)
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USS Beaufort (ID#3008) (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


Beaufort Class Cargo Ship:
  • Built in 1909 as SS Rheingraf by H. Koch A. G., Lubeek, Germany
  • Renamed SS Rudolph Blumberg
  • Seize at Pensacola FL, and acquired by the Navy in April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Beaufort (ID#3008) at New Orleans, LA., 20 September 1917, LCDR. William M. Gifford, USNRF, in command
  • Reclassified Cargo Ship AK-6 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 23 December 1925, at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 December 1925
  • Sold, 22 October 1926, to a Norwegian Shipping Co., renamed SS Fjorden
  • Final Disposition, reportedly lost, 12 April 1933.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,769 t.(lt), 4,565 t.(fl)
    Length 288' 10"
    Beam 40'
    Draft 18' 4"
    Speed 8 kts.
    Complement 92
    Armament four 3" guns
    Propulsion system unknown

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    USS Beaufort (ID#3008)
    Beaufort 99k USS Beaufort (ID#3008) in port circa 1917-1918. This rather poor quality image appears to be a double exposure.
    US Navy photo # NH 99318 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    USS Beaufort (AK-6)
    Beaufort 100k USS Beaufort (AK-6) tied up at Berth G, Naval Operating Base Norfolk, Virginia, 7 May 1925.
    Photographed by Naval Air Station Hampton Roads, Virginia.
    US Navy photo # NH 98481 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Beaufort (ID 3008 / AK-6)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Gifford, William M.20 September 1917 - ?
    02LCDR. Hickey, S. W.1921 - 3 March 1922
    03LCDR. Laird, George Hays1923 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    Last Updated 11 February 2011