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William A. McKenney (ID 2102)

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

William A. McKenney served both the U. S. Army and Navy


  • Built in 1916 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Launched 28 October 1916
  • Acquired by the Army 20 February 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 5 June 1918 and commissioned USS William A. McKenney (ID 2102) the same day
  • Decommissioned 31 January 1919 at New York, struck from the Navy list and returned to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owners, the Crowell and Thurlow Shipbuilding Co.
  • Sold in the mid-1920s to the Mystic Steamship Co. of Boston, MA
  • Sold in the late-1930s to the Koppers Coal Co. of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sunk off the coast of British Guiana 4 October 1942 by the German submarine U-175.


  • Displacement 12,800 t.
  • Length 410' 6"
  • Beam 55' 1"
  • Draft 26' 5"
  • Complement 62
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Armament: One 5"/51 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,300ihp verticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    William A. McKenney 106k Photographed by E.P. Griffith, of Newport News, Virginia, probably when she was first completed by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in 1916
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 102566
    Robert Hurst
    William A. McKenney 102k In port, possibly when she was inspected by the Fifth Naval District on 12 December 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99541

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Louis J. Vail, USN5 June 1918 - 31 January 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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