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Photo # NH 46899:  USS F.J. Luckenbach at Boston, Mass., 18 June 1919

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USS F.J. Luckenbach (ID # 2160), 1918-1919.
Originally the SS F.J. Luckenbach (1917)

USS F.J. Luckenbach, a 8074 gross ton cargo ship, was built at Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1917 as the civilian freighter of the same name. Taken over by the Navy and placed in commission in January 1918, she carried horses, mules and other military cargo from the U.S. to France during World War I and for the three months immediately following the 11 November 1918 Armistice. After five such voyages the ship was converted to a troop transport and made two more trips bringing veterans of the European conflict home. USS F.J. Luckenbach was decommissioned in August 1919 and turned over to the U.S. Shipping Board for return to her owners.

This page features all available views concerning USS F.J. Luckenbach (ID # 2160) and to the civilian steamship F.J. Luckenbach.

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Photo #: NH 99327

S.S. F.J. Luckenbach
(American Freighter, 1917)

In port, probably at New York City when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 12 December 1917. The number 265 (her yard number) is painted on her bow in small numerals. She is also fitted with a gun platform forward.
Built by the Fore River Ship Building Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, this steamer was taken over by the Navy and placed in commission on 9 January 1918 as USS F.J. Luckenbach (ID # 2160). She was decommissioned and returned to her owners on 18 August 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: 19-N-1112

USS F.J. Luckenbach
(ID # 2160)

At anchor in 1918, while painted in "dazzle" camouflage. Note the short extension aft of the amidships superstructure.
NH 45880 is an inferior copy of this image.

Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-N box 7.

Photo #: NH 11

USS F.J. Luckenbach
(ID # 2160)

Underway, probably in 1919.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 46899

USS F.J. Luckenbach
(ID # 2160)

At Boston, Massachusetts, 18 June 1919. A deckhouse has been added right aft, probably for troops.
Photographed by J.C. Crosby, Boston.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 520 pixels


The following photograph MAY show USS F.J. Luckenbach:

Photo #: NH 104494

Troops embarking on a U.S. Navy transport

At American Bassens, France, for passage home to the United States, 1919.
This ship is a former Luckenbach Lines freighter, either USS Edward Luckenbach (ID # 1662), USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407), USS F.J. Luckenbach (ID # 2169), USS K.I. Luckenbach (ID # 2291) or USS Katrina Luckenbach (ID #3020).
The original photograph is printed on postcard ("AZO" stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Page made 3 December 2003
New image added 25 July 2007