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Suwanee (ID 1320)



Navy call sign:
George - Jig - King - Cast



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Have - Sail - Jig

Freighter/Transport:

  • The second Suwanee was built in 1913 as Mark by the Bremer-Vulkan Works, Vegesack, Germany
  • Renamed Suwanee in August 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 April 1919 and commissioned USS Suwanee (ID 1320) the same day
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Navy list and transferred to the United States Shipping Board 4 October 1919
  • Sold in 1920 to the Polish-American Navigation Co. and renamed Poznam
  • Resold in 1922 to the Luckenbach Steamship Co. and renamed Paul Luckenbach
  • Torpedoed and sunk on 22 September 1942 by the Japanese submarine I-29 in the Arabian Sea, approximately 800 miles from the coast of India.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 16,240 t.
  • Length 491' 2"
  • Beam 59' 1"
  • Draft 26'
  • Speed 12.9 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: One 3,800ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Mark
    Suwanee 83k In port, circa 1914-1917, possibly while still named Mark at Manila, Philippine Islands, where this photograph may have been taken
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42412
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Suwanee (ID 1320)
    Suwanee 101k Tied up in port following conversion for troop transport duties, 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103930
    Robert Hurst
    Suwanee 106k In port in 1919, while serving as a troop transport
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103197
    Naval Historical Center
    Suwanee 90k Arriving in a Southern U.S. port at the end of a voyage from Europe, 1919. Location may be Charleston, South Carolina.
    Panoramic photograph by Sargeant, Columbia, S.C.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104801
    Robert Hurst

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