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

Kerkenna served both the U. S. Army and Navy


  • Built in 1900 as Borneo by William Hamilton and Co., Port Glasgow, Scotland for the Soc Ungherese di Armamento Maritt. Oriente, Fiume
  • Launched 25 July 1900
  • Acquired by the Kerr Navigation Corp. of New York and renamed Kerkenna
  • Acquired by the Army 22 November 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 September 1918 at Brest, France and commissioned USS Kerkenna the same day
  • Decommissioned 16 April 1919 at Norfolk, VA and returned to the United States Shipping Board for return to her owner
  • Sold in 1921 to the American Ship and Commerce Navigation Corp. of New York and renamed Mount Summit
  • Sold in 1922 to the Oceana Sea Navigation Co. of Budapest, Hungary and renamed Alfold
  • Sold in 1925 to George F. Andreadis of Chios, Greece and renamed Doris
  • Sold in 1929 to Turkish owners and renamed Ikbal
  • Scrapped 2 July 1963 at Istanbul, Turkey.


  • Displacement 3,621 t.
  • Length 380' 7"
  • Beam 45' 8"
  • Draft 22' 2"
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Complement 42
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 2,300hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Kerkenna 78k Bandirma, Turkey
    Freighter Ikbal
    Photo by Cuneyt Ozbek
    Captain Iskender Sidar, TUN, Ret.

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