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USS Leyden (IX-167)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Charlie - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Leyden Class Miscellaneous Unclassified
  • Built in 1911 as the small passenger steamer SS Northland by Harlan & Hollingsorth Corp., Wilmington, DE.
  • Renamed SS Leyden, date unknown
  • Operated as a transport by the British Navy during the early stages of World War II
  • Assigned the name Leyden and designated Miscellaneous Unclassified IX-167, 18 May 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 22 May 1944 and commissioned USS Leyden (IX-167), LT William S. Johnson, in command
  • USS Leyden was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater as a naval auxiliary in British staging areas and in French ports
  • Decommissioned, 23 July 1945, at Falmouth, England
  • Struck from the Naval Register and returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), date unknown
  • Sold to Fu Chung International Corp., 7 November 1946, renamed SS Hung Chong
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,500 t.
    Length 291' 2"
    Beam 51'
    Draft 18'
    Speed 15 kts
    Armament unknown
    one vertical triple expansion steam engine
    single propeller
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    Merchant Service
    Leyden 167k Post card image of SS Northland under way, probably, in the Chesapeake Bay between Norfolk and Washington D.C. prior to World War II.
    Photo courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    USS Leyden (IX-167)
    Leyden 107k USS Leyden (IX-167) in a nest between USS PC-1233 and USS Southland (IX-168) at Cherbourg, France, 11 August 1944. The two larger ships served as barracks and station ships at Cherbourg after the Normandy landings.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 80-G-255749, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Leyden 115k USS Leyden (IX-167) at Cherbourg, France, 30 August 1944 with USS Southland (IX-168) alongside to port.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 80-G-256094, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Leyden (IX-167)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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