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


  • Built in 1907 as Morawitz by J. L. Thompson and Sons, Ltd., Sunderland, England
  • Launched 25 July 1900
  • Acquired by the Army 14 March 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 November 1918 at Cardiff, Wales and commissioned USS Kermoor the same day
  • Decommissioned 5 May 1919 at Hoboken, NJ and returned to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owner, the Kerr Navigation Corp. of New York
  • Returned to Hungary in 1921 and renamed Morawitz
  • Sold to British interests in 1927 and renamed Purley Oaks
  • Scrapped in 1936 at Rosyth, Scotland.


  • Displacement 3,106 t.
  • Length 378'
  • Beam 52' 4"
  • Draft 22' 6"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 42
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 2,500hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SS Morawitz
    Kermoor 83k Photo from Robert Hurst
    USS Kermoor
    Kermoor 91k Here an unidentified artist depicts her "homeward bound" with a long pennant flying from her mainmast. Her final westward transatlantic crossing took place in March 1919.
    Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2007.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 105248
    Naval Historical Center

    View the Kermoor
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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