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WORLD WAR I

Photo # NH 52043:  USS Kentuckian returning to the U.S. with troops from France, 1919

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USS Kentuckian (ID # 1544), 1919-1919.
Originally, and later, S.S. Kentuckian (1910)

USS Kentuckian, a 6582 gross ton freighter, was built in 1910 at Sparrows Point, Maryland, for commercial employment. Owned by the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company, for much of World War I she was chartered to the U.S. Army and operated with a Navy armed guard manning her guns. The Navy acquired the ship in December 1918 and refitted her as a transport. Between March and August 1919, Kentuckian made five trips to France, taking cargo over and bringing U.S. troops home. Decommissioned in September 1919 and returned to her owners, she continued in merchant service until June 1944, when the old ship was scuttled as a blockship off the Normandy invasion beachhead.

This page features all available views concerning SS Kentuckian and USS Kentuckian (ID # 1544).


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Photo #: NH 99512

S.S. Kentuckian
(American Freighter, 1910)

In port, circa 1917-1918.
This ship served as USS Kentuckian (ID # 1544) in 1919.

Courtesy of Don S. Montgomery, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 49KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99501

S.S. Kentuckian
(American Freighter, 1910)

In port, possibly when she was inspected by the Third Naval District in the New York City area, circa late 1918.
This American Hawaiian Steamship Company freighter served as USS Kentuckian (ID # 1544) in 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 74KB; 740 x 445 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 99513

S.S. Kentuckian
(American Freighter, 1910)

Navy Armed Guard gun crew poses by the ship's 5"/51 gun, circa 1917-1918.
Note inscription on the gun's sight bar: "for S.S. Kentuckian".
This ship served as USS Kentuckian (ID # 1544) in 1919.

Courtesy of Don S. Montgomery, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 435 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 52043

USS Kentuckian
(ID # 1544)

Returning to the United States with troops from France, 1919.
Photographed by Enrique Muller, Jr., New York.

Courtesy of the Caraway Company, Rutterford, NJ, 1936.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 84KB; 740 x 525 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104153

USS Kentuckian
(ID # 1544)

Arriving in U.S. waters, while transporting troops home from Europe in 1919.
Photographed by Enrique Muller, Jr., New York.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 77KB; 740 x 540 pixels

 
Photo #: None

USS Kentuckian
(ID # 1544)

Probably shown arriving in U.S. waters in 1919 while transporting troops home from Europe.

Source: Shipscribe.

 
Photo #: NH 104119

USS Kentuckian
(ID # 1544)

Arriving in a U.S. port, while transporting U.S. troops home from Europe in 1919.
The original image is printed on a post card sent by a serviceman to his mother, Mrs. Martha M. Johns of Sheridan, Indiana. It is postmarked Norfolk, Virginia, 6 September 1919.
Note the flags (among them a Salvation Army banner) carried by women waiting on the pier.
The reverse side of this card is seen in Photo # NH 104119-A-KN.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 69KB; 740 x 465 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 104119-A-KN (color)

USS Kentuckian (ID # 1544)

Post card, postmarked Norfolk, Virginia, 6 September 1919, sent by a serviceman to his mother, Mrs. Martha M. Johns of Sheridan, Indiana, upon his return to the United States from Europe.
The front side of this card, with a photograph of USS Kentuckian arriving in a U.S. Port, is seen in Photo # NH 104119.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 90KB; 740 x 490 pixels

 


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