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Frederick Luckenbach

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Quack - Cast - Jig


  • Built in 1888 as Charters Towers by J. Readhead and Co., South Shields, England for F. Stumore and Co. of London, England
  • Launched 29 February 1888
  • Completed in April 1889
  • Acquired in 1889 by M E M Makalua of Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii and renamed San Mateo
  • Acquired in 1897 by the Pacific Improvement Co. of Honolulu
  • Acquired in 1911 by Edgar F, Luckenbach of San Francisco, CA
  • Renamed Frederick Luckenbach in 1915 (AKA Fred'k Luckenbach)
  • Acquired by the Navy 2 October 1918
  • Commissioned USS Frederick Luckenbach 5 October 1918 at Cardiff, Wales
  • Decommissioned 7 May 1919 at New York, struck from the Navy Register and returned to her owner
  • Acquired in 1923 by the Wabash Steamship Corp. of New York and renamed Castle Lodge
  • Resold in 1923 to Cornelius H. Callaghan of New York and renamed Virginia Pretelt
  • Acquired in 1924 by Albert Jensen of Copenhagen, Denmark and renamed Kirsten Jensen
  • Scrapped 9 March 1924 at Genoa, Italy.


  • Displacement 2,903 t. (gross)
  • Length between perpendiculars 317' 6"
  • Beam 40' 2"
  • Draft 24' 1"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 42
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: One 1,250hp John Readhead & Co, South Shields vertical triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Frederick Luckenbach 163k

    Frederick Luckenbach
    1 April 1843 - 10 April 1895

    Tommy Trampp
    Edward Luckenbach 61k Luckenbach Lines advertisement from the 31 May 1921 edition of the Evening Public Ledger, Philadelphia, PA

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR O. E. May, USNRF6 April 1918
    02LT Robert Bruce McKay, USN1918
    03LCDR Harry Archie Lewald, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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

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