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USS Beaufort (AK-6)
USS Beaufort (ID 3008) (1917 - 1920)

1913-International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - George - Pup
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp) - Haitian Campaign Medal

Beaufort Class Cargo Ship:
  • Built in 1909 as SS Rheingraf by H. Koch A. G., Lubeek, Germany
  • Renamed SS Rudolph Blumberg
  • Seized at Pensacola FL, by the U.S. Collector of the Port of Pensacola on 6 April 1917
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 20 September 1917 and commissioned the same day as USS Beaufort (ID 3008) at New Orleans, LA., LCDR. William M. Gifford, USNRF, in command
  • Reclassified Cargo Ship AK-6 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 23 December 1925, at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Sold, 22 October 1926, Julius Levey, New York City for a Norwegian Shipping Co., renamed SS Fjorden
  • Final Disposition, sunk, 12 April 1933, off Cheng Chau Island Hong Kong, BCC
    Displacement 1,769 t.(lt), 4,565 t.(fl)
    Length 288' 11"
    Beam 40' 2"
    Draft 18' 4"
    Speed 8 kts.
    Complement 92
    four 3"/50 single gun mounts
    two machine guns
    Two single ended cylindrical boilers
    one 1,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engine
    one propeller shaft

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    USS Beaufort (ID 3008)
    Beaufort 99k USS Beaufort (ID 3008) in port circa 1917-1918. This rather poor quality image appears to be a double exposure.
    US Navy photo # NH 99318 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    USS Beaufort (AK-6)
    Beaufort 100k USS Beaufort (AK-6) tied up at Berth G, Naval Operating Base Norfolk, Virginia, 7 May 1925.
    Photographed by Naval Air Station Hampton Roads, Virginia.
    US Navy photo # NH 98481 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Beaufort (ID 3008 / AK-6)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Gifford, William Martin, USNRF20 September 1917 - 8 May 1918
    02LCDR. Fredricks, Herman Julius, USNRF8 May 1918 - 20 May 1919
    03LCDR. Milliken, Joseph B., USNRF20 May 1919 - 15 July 1920
    04LCDR. Hickey, Samuel Walter, USNRF15 July 1920 - 4 March 1922
    05LCDR. Laird, George Hays, USN (1907)4 March 1922 - 20 August 1923
    06CDR. Fuller, Douglas Wardwell, USN (USNA 1906)20 August 1923 - 19 April 1925
    07CDR. Maudlin, Cleon Wirt, USN (USNA 1904)19 April 1925 - 23 December 1925
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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