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USS Julia Luckenbach (ID 2407)



Navy call sign:
George - Fox - Jig - Have

ex-USAT Julia Luckenbach



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

Freighter:

  • Built in 1917 by Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA
  • Chartered by the Army in 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy, 7 August 1918
  • Commissioned, 15 August 1918
  • Decommissioned, 9 September 1919 at New York and returned to her owners the same day
  • Declared a constructive loss in September 1943.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 16,533 t.
  • Length 456' 6"
  • Beam 57' 2"
  • Draft 31' 6"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 4" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 4,000ihp steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USAT Julia Luckenbach
    Julia Luckenbach 90k Photographed by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department in 1917-1918.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101434
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Julia Luckenbach (ID 2407)
    Julia Luckenbach 94k In port in 1918, while painted in pattern camouflage
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 103057
    Robert Hurst
    Julia Luckenbach 63k Photographed in 1919, while serving as a troop transport.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103288
    Julia Luckenbach 64k In a harbor, while serving as a troop transport in 1919.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104450
    Julia Luckenbach 107k In a floating drydock, 1919
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photos NH 106394 and NH 106395
    Julia Luckenbach 183k
    SS Julia Luckenbach
    Julia Luckenbach 110k At San Pedro, California, during the 1920s.
    Collection of Commander Edward S. Moale, USN, (Retired)
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99432
    Robert Hurst
    Julia Luckenbach 131k c. 1940 Tommy Trampp

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Julia Luckenbach, a cargo ship, was built 1917 by Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Mass. for the Luckenbach S.S. Co.; she was taken over by the Navy 7 August 1918, and commissioned 15 August, Lt. Cmdr. George C. Benner, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to NOTS, Julia Luckenbach sailed from New York 10 September with vital cargo for the European forces, arriving Marseilles 2 weeks later. After the Armstice was signed 11 November 1918, she continued transporting cargo to France while returning to the United States with troops, patients, and other veterans who had fought well to make "the world safe for democracy." Julia Luckenbach arrived in New York from her final cruise in July 1919 and remained there until she decommissioned 9 September 1919. She was returned to her owners the same day.


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