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Kerlew (ID 1325)

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

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


  • Built in 1906 as Virginia by Craig, Taylor and Co., Ltd., Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • Acquired by the Army, 11 October 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy, 17 November 1918 and commissioned USS Kerlew (ID 1325) the same day
  • Decommissioned, 12 April 1919 and transferred to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owners
  • Renamed Mount Sidney in 1922
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 3,563 t.
  • Length 336'
  • Beam 41' 9"
  • Draft 25'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 77
  • Armament: One 4" mount
  • Propulsion: One 2,130ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Kerlew 114k Photographed circa 1918-19
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 101960
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Kerlew, a cargo ship, was built in 1906 by Craig, Taylor & Co., Ltd., Stockton, England; acquired on barecharter basis by the Army 11 October 1917 from her owner, Kerr Navigation Corp., New York; and taken over and commissioned by the Navy 17 November 1918 at Cardiff, Wales, Lt. S. V. Kalhauge, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the Army coal trade at Cardiff, Kerlew transported coal from British to French ports. She continued this channel duty until 29 January 1919 when she arrived Invergordon, Scotland, to load a cargo of mines for return to the United States. Departing 19 February she arrived Norfolk, Va., 9 March. Transferred to USSB, she was placed in line for demobilization. Kerlew decommissioned 12 April and was returned to her owner the same day.

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