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USS Lenape (ID 2700)
ex-USAT Lenape



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

Lenape served both the U. S. Army and Navy.


Transport:

  • Built in 1912 by Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, VA
  • Launched in 1912
  • Delivered 18 January 1913
  • Acquired by the Army 1 June 1917 and named USAT Lenape
  • Acquired by the Navy 10 April 1918
  • Commissioned USS Lenape (ID 2700), 24 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 28 October 1918 and returned to the U. S. Army for return to her owners, the Clyde Steamship Co.
  • Burned 18 November 1925 and scrapped.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 3,389 t.
  • Length 398'
  • Beam 50'
  • Draft 18' 6"
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 226
  • Armament: One 5" and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: Two 1,750ihp steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Lenape
    Lenape 394k . Tommy Trampp
    Lenape 113k Undated post card
    Lenape 264k Original photo: Courtesy of Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2005
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 102877

    Replacement photo: Post card dated 6 April 1913
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Tommy Trampp
    Lenape 130k Underway off Jacksonville, Florida, circa the mid-1910s
    Color tinted post card published by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105832-KN
    Robert Hurst
    Lenape 93k Underway prior to 1917
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105904
    USAT Lenape
    Lenape 70k In French waters serving as a transport, circa 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104492
    Robert Hurst
    Lenape 71k In port, possibly when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 9 April 1918, the day before she was taken over by the Navy
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 99542
    USS Lenape (ID 2700)
    Lenape 140k At the New York Navy Yard, 20 August 1918.
    U.S. Navy photos NH 51273 and NH 51274
    Naval Historical Center
    Lenape 182k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Paul E. Dampman, USN1917 (USAT Lenape)
    02CDR Robert Morris, USN - USNA Class of 1900
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1919) - Retired as Captain
    24 April 1918
    03CDR Benjamin Grady Barthalow, USN - USNA Class of 1900
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)
    1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Lenape, a troop transport, was launched by Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va., in 1912. Operated as an Army transport during the first part of World War I, acquired by the Navy 10 April 1918; and commissioned 24 April 1918, Comdr. Robert Morris in command.

    Lenape sailed early in May 1918 with troops and equipment for European duty, arriving Brest, France, on the 23d. After returning to Newport News 6 June, the transport made two additional voyages to France, debarking troops at French ports for the vital campaigns of World War I. Returning from her third cruise in late summer, Lenape was returned to the Army 28 October 1918.

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