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F. J. Luckenbach (ID 2160)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Boy - Rush


  • Built in 1917 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA
  • Delivered 28 November 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy, 9 January 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned, 18 August 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board the same day for return to her owner
  • Scrapped in 1951.


  • Displacement 15,650 t.
  • Length 468' 4"
  • Beam 56'
  • Draft 30' 6"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 92
  • Armament: One 6" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 4,000ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS F. J. Luckenbach
    F. J. Luckenbach 75k In port, probably New York City when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 12 December 1917. The number 265 is painted on her bow in small numerals. She is also fitted with a gun platform forward
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99327
    Robert Hurst
    USS F. J. Luckenbach (ID 2160)
    F. J. Luckenbach 150k At anchor in 1918, while painted in type 5 design B "dazzle" camouflage.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 45880
    Naval Historical Center
    F. J. Luckenbach 83k At Boston, Massachusetts, 18 June 1919.
    Photographed by J.C. Crosby, Boston.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 46899
    Naval Historical Center
    F. J. Luckenbach 130k Underway, probably in 1919.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 11
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: F. J. Luckenbach, (No. 2160) a cargo ship, was launched 15 September 1917 by Fore River Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Mass., acquired by the Navy 9 January 1918, and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander W. McLean, USNRF, in command.

    Outfitted as an animal transport, F. J. Luckenbach carried horses, mules, and general Army cargo on five voyages to France from New York between 12 February 1918 and 21 February 1919. She was then converted for troop transport duty, and made two voyages to return veterans of the American Expeditionary Force between April and July 1919. Decommissioned 18 August 1919, F. J. Luckenbach was returned to the Shipping Board the same day.

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