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Sac City (ID 3861)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Pup - Fox - Rush

Freighter:

  • Laid down 11 March 1918 by the American International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 30 September 1918
  • Delivered 4 January 1919 to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 January 1919 and commissioned USS Sac City (ID 3861) the same day
  • Decommissioned 17 June 1919 and returned to the USSB
  • Sold to the Red D. Line and renamed Falcon
  • Sold to the Luckenbach Steamship Co., New York and renamed Mary Luckenbach
  • Torpoeded and sunk 14 September 1942 by German Junkers-88 torpedo-bombers off Murmansk, Russia at 76 N, 10 E.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 6,735 t.
  • Length 401'
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 24' 5"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 65
  • Propulsion: One 2,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Sac City 59k Photographed on 6 January 1919 leaving the American International Shipbuilding Company shipyard at Hog Island, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was built.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65058
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Sac City (No. 3861) was built in 1918 by the American International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, Philadelphia, Pa. She was taken over by the U.S. Shipping Board and commissioned in the Naval Overseas Transportation Service on 6 January 1919. On the 30th of January, she sailed for Montevideo, arriving on 1 March, and then proceeded to Gibraltar. Sac City departed Gibraltar on 26 May and upon arriving at New York, on 10 June, she commenced inactivation procedures. She was decommissioned on 17 June and was returned to the Shipping Board.

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