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Photo # NH 104444:  USS Edward Luckenbach arriving at Newport News, Virginia, 3 July 1919

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USS Edward Luckenbach (ID # 1662), 1918-1919
Originally, and later, S.S. Edward Luckenbach (American Freighter, 1916-1942)

S.S. Edward Luckenbach, an 8151 gross ton (15,963 tons displacement) freighter, was built at Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1916 for commercial operation by the Luckenbach Steamship Company of New York City. She was transferred to the Navy in late August 1918 and placed in commission at that time as USS Edward Luckenbach (ID # 1662). In mid-September, as a unit of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, the ship began a voyage to France with Army cargo. Upon her return to the U.S. in November 1918, soon after the Armistice brought World War I's fighting to an end, Edward Luckenbach was converted to a troop transport. Reassigned to the Cruiser and Transport Force, during the first eight months of 1919 she made three voyages to bring home veterans of the great conflict. A fourth trip for this purpose was aborted by problems with her machinery. USS Edward Luckenbach was decommissioned in early August 1919 and returned to her owner. Following more than two decades of further merchant marine service, on 1 July 1942 she sank after accidently entering a defensive minefield off Florida and striking two mines.

This page features, and provides links to, all available views concerning USS Edward Luckenbach (ID # 1662) and the civilian freighter of the same name.

For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Edward Luckenbach (ID # 1662) -- On Board and Close Up Views.


    Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

    Photo #: NH 105579

    S.S. Edward Luckenbach
    (American Freighter, 1916)

    Photographed by G.W. Lord, Quincy, Massachusetts, probably at the time of her completion in 1916.
    This ship served as USS Edward Luckenbach (ID # 1662) in 1918-1919.

    Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 130KB; 900 x 660 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 103985

    USS Edward Luckenbach
    (ID # 1662)

    Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken in 1918, showing the ship wearing "Dazzle" camouflage.
    This image was published in 1918-1919 as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board Edward Luckenbach.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 62KB; 740 x 510 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105860

    USS Edward Luckenbach
    (ID # 1662)

    Arriving in New York Harbor, bringing troops home from Europe in 1919.
    Photographed by E. Muller, Jr., New York.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 58KB; 900 x 555 pixels

     
    Photo #: None

    USS Edward Luckenbach
    (ID # 1662)

    Passing through the locks at Saint Nazaire, France, on 22 June 1919.

    Source: Courtesy Rick Davis.

     
    Photo #: NH 104444

    USS Edward Luckenbach
    (ID # 1662)

    Arriving at Newport News, Virginia, 3 July 1919, while returning troops from Europe.
    Panoramic photograph by Clements, 619 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 62KB; 1200 x 275 pixels

     
    Photo #: None

    S.S. Edward Luckenbach
    (American Freighter, 1916)

    Photographed circa 1942.

    Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-336 (Army casualty file).

     


    For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS Edward Luckenbach (ID # 1662) -- On Board and Close Up Views.


    NOTES:

  • To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.

  • Some images linked from this page bear obsolete credit lines citing the organization name: "Naval Historical Center". Effective 1 December 2008 the name should be cited as: "Naval History and Heritage Command".


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