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USS Long Beach (AK-9)
USS Long Beach (ID #2136) (1920 - 1922)

1917 - International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Easy - Fox - Zed
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

  • Built in 1892 as SS Yarrowdale, at William Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland, Great Britain
  • Renamed SS Nicolas Castriotis in 1902
  • Renamed SS Hohenfelde in 1912 while in German service
  • Seized by the US Shipping Board, 6 April 1917, at Savannah, GA
  • Turned over to the US Navy, 6 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Long Beach (ID #2136), 20 December 1917 at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., LCDR Frederick Nelson in command
  • Redesignated Cargo Ship (AK-9), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 26 April 1921, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Sold, 24 May 1922, to B. L. Stafford, New York City for $20.000.00 name retained SS Long Beach
  • Resold in July 1923 to Callaghan Atkinson & CO. New York City, renamed SS Golden Gate
  • Final Disposition. scrapped at Genoa, Italy in October 1924
    Displacement 5,800 t.
    Length 330'
    Beam 41' 11'
    Draft 22'
    Speed 8.5 kts
    Complement 104
    one 3"/50 gun mount
    two machine guns
    Two single ended boilers
    one 1,300hp vertical triple expansion steam engine
    one propeller shaft

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    Long Beach 95k USS Long Beach drydock in the commercial port at Brest, France, 29 October 1918. She was being repaired after running on the rocks off Brest in a fog and being under water for nearly two months. Formerly the German SS Hohenfelde, she was designated AK-9 in 1920.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 51356, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Long Beach 69k USS Long Beach, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo

    USS Long Beach (AK-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Nelson, Frederick, USNRF20 December 1917 - 1918
    02LCDR. Clark, Einar Albert, USNRF1918 - 26 April 1921
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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