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Kermoor



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Have - Pup - George

Freighter:

  • Built in 1907 as Morawitz by J. L. Thompson and Sons, Ltd., Sunderland, England
  • Launched 25 July 1900
  • Acquired by the Army 14 March 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 November 1918 at Cardiff, Wales and commissioned USS Kermoor the same day
  • Decommissioned 5 May 1919 at Hoboken, NJ and returned to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owner, the Kerr Navigation Corp. of New York
  • Returned to Hungary in 1921 and renamed Morawitz
  • Sold to British interests in 1927 and renamed Purley Oaks
  • Scrapped in 1936 at Rosyth, Scotland.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 3,106 t.
  • Length 378'
  • Beam 52' 4"
  • Draft 22' 6"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 67
  • Armament: One 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 1,950ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Kermoor 91k Here an unidentified artist depicts her "homeward bound" with a long pennant flying from her mainmast. Her final westward transatlantic crossing took place in March 1919.
    Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2007.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 105248
    Naval Historical Center

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval Historical Center web site.

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