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Katrina Luckenbach (ID 3020)



Navy call sign:
George - Boy - Jig - Vice



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Victor - Nan

Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 by Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy, 18 May 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned, 25 November 1919 at New York and returned to her owners
  • Scrapped in 1953.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 16,000 t.
  • Length 468' 3"
  • Beam 55' 11"
  • Draft 30' 6"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 91
  • Armament: One 5" mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: One 4,000ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Katrina Luckenbach
    Katrina Luckenbach 154k Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts. Ships fitting out at the Fore River shipyard, 19 March 1918. The six destroyers are Little (DD-79), Kimberly (DD-80), Sigourney (DD-81), Gregory (DD-82), Colhoun (DD-85) and Stevens (DD-86), which had builder's hull numbers 274-277 and 280-281 respectively. The freighter at right is Katrina Luckenbach, yard hull No. 267. Most of the equipment on the pier is for her.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 43022
    Naval Historical Center
    Katrina Luckenbach 70k Photographed upon completion, circa spring 1918, still wearing her builder's hull number (No. 267).
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101797
    Katrina Luckenbach 103k Photographed around the time of her completion in May 1918, when she was reconveyed to her owners and simultaneously taken over by the Navy.
    National Archives photo
    Robert Hurst
    USS Katrina Luckenbach (ID 3020)
    Rondo 97k Ships at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia circa October 1918. They are (from left to right): USS Paul Jones (Destroyer No. 10); Katrina Luckenbach; and USS Rondo (ID 2488). All are painted in pattern camouflage.
    Collection of Arthur J. Rozett.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102950
    Naval Historical Center
    Rondo 121k Ships at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia circa October 1918. They are (from left to right): USS Paul Jones (Destroyer No. 10); Katrina Luckenbach; and USS Rondo (ID 2488). All three are wearing pattern camouflage. A steam launch from USS Indiana (Battleship No. 1) is in the center foreground. U.S. Navy Divers Float No. 2 is in the left foreground. All are painted in pattern camouflage.
    Collection of Arthur J. Rozett.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102950
    SS Katrina Luckenbach
    Katrina Luckenbach 93k Undated post card Tommy Trampp

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Katrina Luckenbach was launched 22 February 1918 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Mass.; she was acquired by the Navy from Luckenbach Steamship Co. on a bare-ship basis and commissioned 18 May 1918, Lt. Comdr. Eldon H. Read, USNRF, in command.

    Katrina Luckenbach was assigned to NOTS, and departed New York 10 June with a cargo of Army supplies for American forces in France. The cargo ship returned to the States 16 August and, following repairs, was transferred to the Cruiser Transport Force to assist in returning American forces from Europe She sailed from Boston 15 June 1919 with cargo for France. Upon her return to New York, Katrina Luckenbach decommissioned 25 November 1919 and was returned to her owners.


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