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UNITED STATES NAVY
TEMPORARY AUXILIARY SHIPS
WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 101722:  Tanker Frank H. Buck, probably upon completion of construction in 1914


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S.S. Frank H. Buck (American Tanker, 1914).
Served as USS Frank H. Buck (ID # 1613) in 1918-1919

Frank H. Buck, a 6076 gross ton tanker, was built at San Francisco, California, in 1914. In April 1917 and January 1918 she was inspected for possible U.S. Navy service, and was placed in commission late in the latter month as USS Frank H. Buck (ID # 1613). Between February and December 1918 the ship made six round-trip voyages to the British Isles to deliver oil fuel for use in World War I operations. On 1 September 1918, while westbound in the Atlantic, she engaged the German submarine U-155 with gunfire, inflicting damage on her opponent. USS Frank H. Buck was decommissioned in late January 1919 and turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board for return to her owner, the Associated Oil Company of San Francisco.

This page features all available views concerning the tanker Frank H. Buck of 1914, which was USS Frank H. Buck (ID # 1613) in 1918-1919.


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Photo #: NH 101722

S.S. Frank H. Buck
(American Tanker, 1914)

Probably photographed upon completion of construction in 1914. She was built by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco, California.
This tanker, owned by the Associated Oil Company of San Francisco, was acquired by the Navy and placed in commission on 25 January 1918 as USS Frank H. Buck (ID # 1613). She was returned to her owner on 31 January 1919.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 50KB; 740 x 480 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 64590

S.S. Frank H. Buck
(American Tanker, 1914)

Photographed circa 1914-1917.
This tanker served as USS Frank H. Buck (ID # 1613) in 1918-1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 37KB; 740 x 245 pixels

 


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