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Edward Luckenbach (ID 1662)



Navy call sign:
George - Fox - Jig - Vice



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - Mike - Pup

Freighter:

  • Built in 1916 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA
  • Delivered 28 November 1916
  • Acquired by the Navy, 29 August 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned, 6 August 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owner
  • Sank 2 July 1942 after accidentally entering a defensive minefield off Florida and striking two mines.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 15,963 t.
  • Length 456' 5"
  • Beam 57' 3"
  • Draft 31' 6"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: Two 5"/40 mounts
  • Propulsion: Three single ended and one auxiliary boiler, one 4,000shp Curtis steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    SS Edward Luckenbach
    Edward Luckenbach 155k Photographed by G.W. Lord, Quincy. Massachusetts, probably at the time of her completion in 1916
    Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105579
    Robert Hurst
    USS Edward Luckenbach (ID 1662)
    Edward Luckenbach 22k Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in 1918, showing the ship wearing type 5 design C "Dazzle" camouflage. This image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board Edward Luckenbach
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103985
    Naval Historical Center
    Edward Luckenbach 111k Ship's officers of USS Edward Luckenbach (ID-1662), taken in 1918-1919. This image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and
    on board
    Edward Luckenbach
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 103987
    Robert Hurst
    Edward Luckenbach 255k Ship's Officers and Crew of USS Edward Luckenbach (ID-1662) 1919
    Panoramic photograph by H. Lindsey, 188 9th Avenue, New York City. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106364
    Edward Luckenbach 76k Arriving at Newport News, Virginia, 3 July 1919, while returning troops from Europe
    Panoramic photograph by Clements, 619 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104444
    Edward Luckenbach 86k Arriving at New York Harbour, bringing troops home from Europe in 1919
    Photographed by E. Muller Jr., New York
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105860
    SS Edward Luckenbach
    Edward Luckenbach 262k Photo courtesy of the Monroe County Library Collection and the Florida Keys Public Libraries Robert Hurst
    Edward Luckenbach 387k Luckenbach Passenger Service brochure Tommy Trampp
    Edward Luckenbach 375k
    Edward Luckenbach 61k Luckenbach Lines advertisement from the 31 May 1921 edition of the Evening Public Ledger, Philadelphia, PA
    Edward Luckenbach 113k Photographed circa 1942
    National Archives photo from Shipscribe.com
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Edward Luckenbach (No. 1662), a cargo ship, was built in 1916 by Fore River Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Mass.; transferred to the Navy from the Shipping Board 29 August 1918; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander A. [Arthur] C. Fickett, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Edward Luckenbach sailed from New York 18 September 1918 with Army cargo for Marseilles. Returning to New York 22 November she was converted by the Army to a troop transport. On 18 December she was transferred to the Cruiser and Transport Force, Newport News Division. She made three voyages from New York and Newport News with cargo for St. Nazaire returning with patients, convalescents, troops, and casuals to the United States. She was unable to continue her fourth voyage from Hampton Roads because of engine trouble. She was towed to Boston, decommissioned 6 August 1919 and delivered to the Shipping Board the same day for return to her owner.


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