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Oakland (ID 2847)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - King - Sail - Vice


  • Built in 1918 as War Breeze by Moore and Scott, Oakland, CA
  • Renamed Oakland prior to completion
  • Launched 14 March 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 31 May 1918
  • Commissioned USS Oakland (ID 2847), 3 June 1918
  • Decommissioned 13 May 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Abandoned in 1933 and scrapped.


  • 12,600 t.
  • Length 416' 6"
  • Beam 53'
  • Draft 26' 5"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 73
  • Armament: One 4"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,800ihp Parsons steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    Oakland 180k 14 March 1918
    National Archives photo 165-WW 499 85
    Mike Mohl
    Photo added 15 October 2020
    Oakland 38k Off Oakland, California, during her trials, 30 May 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65109
    Naval Historical Center
    Oakland 69k On her trial trip, 30 May 1918. Photographed by her builder, the Moore Shipbuilding Company, Oakland, California. Note her pattern camouflage, builder's pennant flying from a stub mast just aft of her forward gun platform, and U.S. Jack and Ensign at half-staff
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65139

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Andreas A. Langkilde, USNRF3 June 1918
    02LCDR Percy H. Perry, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Oakland (2847), ex-War Breeze of the Cunard Line, was built by Moore and Scott, Oakland, Calif.; launched 14 March 1918, taken over by the U.S. Shipping Board, commissioned and assigned to the N.O.T.S. on 3 June at San Francisco, Lt. Comdr. A. A. Langkilde, USNRF, in command.

    Following the delivery of a cargo of flour at New York in July, Oakland made two Atlantic crossings with mixed cargos: one from Norfolk, Va. to Genoa in September and returning to Philadelphia, Pa. 21 January 1919, and a second to Palermo in March returning to New York 1 May.

    Oakland decommissioned 13 May 1919 and was returned to U.S.S.B. the same day. She remained in U.S.S.B. custody until abandoned in 1933.

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