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K. I. Luckenbach (ID 2291)



Navy call sign:
George - Tare - Watch - Fox



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

Freighter:

  • Built in 1917 by Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA for the Luckenbach Steamship Co.
  • Launched 27 October 1917
  • Delivered 3 February 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 8 August 1918 at New York
  • Commissioned 9 August 1918
  • Decommissioned 5 October 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to her owner
  • Scrapped in 1954.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 16,000 t.
  • Length 468' 3"
  • Beam 56'
  • Draft 30' 6½"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 99
  • Armament: One 6"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Four oil fired Heine boilers, two Parsons steam turbines with reduction gear, two shafts.
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    SS K. I. Luckenbach
    K. I. Luckenbach 109k In drydock, possibly when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 11 February 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99367
    Naval Historical Center
    USS K. I. Luckenbach (ID 2291)
    K. I. Luckenbach 163k . Tommy Trampp
    K. I. Luckenbach 126k At Brest, France, while serving as a troop transport, 1919.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103051
    Robert Hurst
    K. I. Luckenbach 120k Arriving at New York in 1919, while bringing home troops from Europe
    Photographed by E. Muller Jr.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103915
    K. I. Luckenbach 177k Troops crowd the ship's foredeck, as seen from her bridge during a voyage from France to the United States, 31 April 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106027

    Photo added 17 October 2019
    K. I. Luckenbach 128k Homeward bound troops relaxing on the ship's foredeck at sea, 12 May 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106585

    Photo added 17 October 2019
    SS K. I. Luckenbach
    K. I. Luckenbach 60k 22 September 1920
    SS K. I. Luckenbach in the Waterway (Rotterdam, Holland)
    Barbara Starling

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