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USAT Marica
ex-USS Marica (ID 4031)



Navy call sign:
George - Jig - Dog - Tare



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

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


Transport:

  • Built in 1919 by the Sun Shipbuilding Co., Chester, PA
  • Acquired by the Navy on completion and commissioned USS Marcia (ID 4031), 9 June 1919
  • Decommissioned 12 September 1919, transferred to the War Department and placed in service as USAT Marcia
  • Returned to her owners and renamed SS Lillian Luckenbach
  • The ship's long commercial service lasted until 27 March 1943, when she was sunk off the Virginia coast in the Chesapeake Channel after colliding with the SS Cape Henlopen.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 18,680 t.
  • Length 473' 7"
  • Beam 60'
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 50 (1919)
  • Propulsion: Two 2,500ihp steam engines, two shafts
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    USS Marica (ID 4031)
    Marica 74k At anchor in 1919, while serving as a troop transport.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 104806
    Robert Hurst
    Marica 70k At anchor, 1919
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106697
    Marica 87k At Brest, France on 29 June 1919, with the U.S. Navy lighter Nenette alongside. The ship in the left distance is USS Pretoria
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106613
    USAT Marica
    Marica 102k Contemporary photograph of an artwork, depicting the ship in heavy seas.
    Courtesy of Edwin T. Galvin, 2005. The original print came from the collection of the donor's father, William T. Galvin, a U.S. Coast Guardsman who had served in Marica's crew.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103127.
    Naval Historical Center
    Marica 59k In harbor, circa 1919
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106598
    Robert Hurst

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