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USAT John R. R. Hannay
ex-John R. R. Hannay (AK 32)
ex-Waukegan (ID 4399)


  • Laid down 10 September 1918 as Waukegan by the Federal Shipbuilding Co., Kearney, NJ for the United States Shipping Board
  • Launched 31 March 1919
  • Completed 14 May 1919
  • Assigned ID number ID-4399 but never served in U.S. Navy
  • In January 1939 Waukegan crashed into the St. Georges lift bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in Delaware. That bridge—built in 1923—was knocked down, by the 6,000-ton freighter. The
    freighter lost control, hit the north tower of the bridge, and caused it to collapse. Two people died: the bridge tender and the bridge electrician
  • Acquired by the Army in 23 August 1940 from the Maritime Commission Reserve Fleet
  • Renamed USAT John R. R. Hannay 8 March 1941 in honor of Col. John R. R. Hannay, Q.M.C., a former General Superintendent of the A.T.S. at San Francisco, CA
  • Assigned to the A.T.S. Atlantic Fleet with home port at Army Supply Base, Brooklyn, NY
  • In May 1941 the Army and Navy agreed that the Navy would eventually take over and man the larger Army ships, and under this plan the Navy designation AK-32 was assigned to John R. R. Hannay.
    The Navy was not able to find the personnel to man her, however, and she remained an Army ship
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 10 August 1946 and renamed Waukegan
  • Sold 21 April 1947
  • Scrapped 19 September 1947 at New Orleans, LA.


  • Displacement 6,861 t.
  • Length 411' 5"
  • Beam 55'
  • Draft 27'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 61
  • Armament: Two 5"/51 mounts
  • Propulsion: One 2,500hp steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Waukegan (ID 4399)
    Waukegan 57k At the yard of her builder, Federal Shipbuilding Co., Kearny, N.J. on 12 May 1919 just before delivery
    National Archives photo RG-32-S
    USAT John R. R. Hannay
    Waukegan 117k At the Brooklyn, N.Y., Army Base, on 23 August 1941
    Army Signal Corps photo SC 126023 from the National Archives

    Commanding Officers - SS Waukegan
    01CAPT John R. Reynolds, USMMJanuary 1939
    Commanding Officers - USAT John R. R. Hannay
    01CAPT C. W. Lorin, USMM8 March 1941 - December 1941
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Gary Priolo

    There is no DANFS history available for Waukegan (ID 4339)
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