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Wakulla (ID 3147)

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


  • The first Wakulla was built as Taconic by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Los Angeles, CA
  • Launched 14 January 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Wakulla (ID 3147), 26 June 1918
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Navy list 18 April 1919 at Hoboken, NJ and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Operated out of Los Angeles until 1923 when she was laid up in reserve
  • Abandoned in 1931
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 12,186 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 2"
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 5"/40 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Four Heine boilers, one 2,500shp Parsons steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Wakulla 35k U.S. Navy photo NH 65036 Naval Historical Center
    Wakulla 95k Probably photographed in West Coast waters when first commissioned, June 1918
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105612
    Robert Hurst
    Wakulla 137k Photographed on 25 June 1918 by her builder, the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., San Pedro, California
    National Archives photo from
    Wakulla 129k Alongside a wharf, with crew members posing on her forecastle and alongside (one of the latter is holding a commissioning pennant), possibly when the ship was first commissioned in June 1918
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 104461

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Albert J. McAlman, USNRF26 June 1918
    02LCDR Dennis S. Heath, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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