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USAT South Bend
ex-USS South Bend (ID 4019)

Navy call sign:
George - Jig - King - Boy

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love p Pup - Tare - Nan

South Bend served both the U. S. Navy and Army


  • Built in 1919 as M. E. Luckenbach by Sun Shipbuilding Co., Chester, PA for the Luckenback Steamship Co. of New York
  • Taken over by the United States SHipping Board (USSB) prior to launching and renamed South Bend
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 March 1919 and commissioned USS South Bend (ID 4019) the same day
  • Struck from the Navy list 1 September 1919, transferred to the War Department and renamed USAT South Bend
  • Returned to the USSB
  • Sold in 1922 to the Luckenbach Steamship Co. and renamed J. L. Luckenbach
  • Sold in 1948 to the Republic Steamship Corp. of Panama and renamed San Francisco
  • Sold in 1951 to Djakarta Lloyn and renamed Diponegoro
  • Renamed Djakarta Raya in 1952
  • Scrapped in 1959 at Hong Kong.


  • Displacement 18,680 t.
  • Length 473' 7"
  • Beam 60'
  • Draft 30' 9"
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 50
  • Propulsion: One 5,000ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    USS South Bend (ID 4019)
    South Bend 100k Halftone reproduction of a photograph of the ship in port, 1919.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103665
    Naval Historical Center
    South Bend 99k Arriving in a U.S. port (probably New York) in 1919, with her decks crowded with troops returning from Europe
    Photographed by J.W. Allison, New York City
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104596
    Robert Hurst
    South Bend 110k Arriving in New York Harbour, while bringing American service personnel home from Europe, 1919
    Photographed by Jno W. Allison, 42 West 39th Street, New York City
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105814
    USAT South Bend
    South Bend 181k
    Photo by Jaars, Astoria
    Written on reverse:
    "American Legion Celebration, Astoria, Ore.
    U.S.A.T. South Bend (Smoking)
    U.S.S. Birmingham [CL 2]
    U.S.S. Fuller [DD 297]
    U.S.S. John Francis Burnes [DD 299]
    U.S.S. Babbitt [DD 128]
    U.S.S. Somers [DD 301]
    U.S.S. Percival [DD298]

    P.G.W. July 30,1920"

    Tommy Trampp

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