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Kiowa (ID 1842)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Have - Nan - Sail


  • Built in 1917 by American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, OH
  • Delivered 13 February 1918
  • Commissioned USS Kiowa (ID 1842), 26 February 1918
  • Decommissioned 16 January 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to her owners
  • Renamed Valka, Kurzeme and Elizebete
  • Scrapped in 1960 in England.


  • Displacement 4,500 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 17' 9"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 5"/40 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single-ended boilers, one 1,200ihp verticle triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Kiowa 78k In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District circa 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105220
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Anton Hopen, USNRF26 February 1918
    02LCDR George S. Hancock, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The second Kiowa (No. 1842) was launched 1917 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio, taken over from the Atlantic, Gulf & West Indies S.S. Line 26 February 1918; and commissioned the same day, Lt. Comdr. A. Hopen in command.

    Assigned to NOTS, Kiowa arrived Norfolk 25 March 1918, to transport coal along the Atlantic coast. She returned Hampton Roads during April to load mines for the North Sea mine-laying squadron. Kiowa sailed 30 April and arrived Obran, Scotland, 20 May. She made two additional cruises carrying mine equipment to North Sea ports before clearing Norfolk 6 December with a cargo of coal for Bermuda. Kiowa returned Norfolk 22 December, and decommissioned there 16 January 1919 for simultaneous return to her owners.

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