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Sac City (ID 3861)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Pup - Fox - Rush


  • Laid down 11 March 1918 by the American International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 30 September 1918
  • Delivered 4 January 1919 to the United States Shipping Board (USSB)
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 January 1919 and commissioned USS Sac City (ID 3861) the same day
  • Decommissioned 17 June 1919 and returned to the USSB
  • Sold in 1932 to the American Diamond Line and renamed Black Falcon
  • Sold in 1941 to the Luckenbach Steamship Co., New York and renamed Mary Luckenbach
  • Torpedoed and sunk 14 September 1942 by German Junkers-88 torpedo-bombers off Murmansk, Russia at 76 N, 10 E.


  • Displacement 11,190 t.
  • Length 401'
  • Beam 54'
  • Draft 24' 5"
  • Speed 11.5 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Propulsion: Three Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one 2,500shp General Electric steam turbine, one shaft.
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    USS Sac City (ID 3861)
    Sac City 59k Photographed on 6 January 1919 leaving the American International Shipbuilding Company shipyard at Hog Island, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was built
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65058
    Robert Hurst
    SS Black Falcon
    Sac City/Black Falcon 61k Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Arthur H. Carleton, USNRF6 January 1919 - 17 June 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Sac City (No. 3861) was built in 1918 by the American International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, Philadelphia, Pa. She was taken over by the U.S. Shipping Board and commissioned in the Naval Overseas Transportation Service on 6 January 1919. On the 30th of January, she sailed for Montevideo, arriving on 1 March, and then proceeded to Gibraltar. Sac City departed Gibraltar on 26 May and upon arriving at New York, on 10 June, she commenced inactivation procedures. She was decommissioned on 17 June and was returned to the Shipping Board.

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