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USS Richard Peck (IX-96)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


  • Built in 1892 at Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE.
  • Acquired from the New England S.S. Co., New Haven CT., by the Navy, 20 February 1943
  • Service as construction workers housing operated by a civilian contractor for the Bureau of Yards and Docks during construction of Naval Station Argentia, Newfoundland, circa 1941 to February 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Richard Peck (IX-96), 20 February 1943 at Argentia, Newfoundland
  • Richard Peck provided electrical power at Argentia, Newfoundland, during her active service
  • Decommissioned, 5 November 1943, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Chartered by the New York, Pennsylvania and Norfolk Railroad Ferry Co. a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. from the War Shipping Administration, 5 November 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 November 1943
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission in 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 November 1953, to Bethlehem Steel Co.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,906 t.
    Length 316'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 12' 6"
    Speed 22 kts.
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion system unknown

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    Richard Peck 117k SS Richard Peck in her glory years as a New Haven Line steamer on Long Island Sound. This photo may show her as part of the fleet observing the 1903 America's Cup races. The 45-star U.S. flag aft was in use from 1896 to 1908.
    US Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Co. Collection, Photo No. LC-D4-21748
    Mike Green
    Richard Peck 37k Drawing of SS Richard Peck underway in Long Island Sound, circa 1923. Tommy Trampp
    Richard Peck 225k Post Card image of SS Richard Peck getting underway at New Haven, CT. for the annual Yale-Harvard Boat Race, date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Richard Peck 88k SS Richard Peck underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Richard Peck 81k SS Richard Peck moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Richard Peck (IX-96)
    Richard Peck 163k Richard Peck (IX-96) at Argentia, Newfoundland, 8 May 1941, serving as a floating barracks for workmen constructing the new U.S. Naval Base there. She has been newly painted and no longer has names or inscriptions on her sides. The ship was being operated by a civilian firm under a Bureau of Yards and Docks contract and was not then a U.S. naval vessel.
    US National Archives, RG-19, General Correspondence 1940-1945, file APL/L9-3, letter 28 Oct 42. Photo # None
    Mike Green
    Richard Peck 124k Richard Peck (IX-96) at Argentia, Newfoundland, circa summer 1941 serving as a floating barracks for workmen constructing the new U.S. naval base there. She was being operated by a civilian firm under a Bureau of Yards and Docks contract and was not a U.S. naval vessel at this time. Photographed by Lt. Dayton A. Seiler, USN.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, photo # 80-G-K-13898, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Mike Green
    Richard Peck 115k Richard Peck (IX-96) at Argentia, Newfoundland in 1942 serving as a floating barracks for workmen constructing the new U.S. naval base there. Note the words "Floating Barracks" on her bow. Her name remains on her side amidships and lower down on her bow. She was being operated by a civilian firm under a Bureau of Yards and Docks contract and was not a U.S. naval vessel at this time.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, photo # 80-G-7426, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Richard Peck 127k Richard Peck (IX-96) at Argentia, Newfoundland, 6 June 1942, serving as a floating barracks for workmen constructing the new U.S. Naval Base there. She has been newly painted and no longer has names or inscriptions on her sides. The ship was being operated by a civilian firm under a Bureau of Yards and Docks contract and was not then a U.S. naval vessel.
    US National Archives, RG-19, General Correspondence 1940-1945, file APL/L9-3, letter 28 Oct 42. Photo # None
    Mike Green

    USS Richard Peck (IX-96)
    DANFS history entry at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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