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Photo # NH 104596:  USS South Bend arriving in a U.S. port, 1919

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USS South Bend (ID # 4019), 1919-1919

S.S. South Bend, an 8738 gross ton (18,680 tons displacement) freighter, was built at Chester, Pennsylvania, for the Luckenbach Steamship Company of New York. Completed in early 1919, she was taken over by the Navy, converted to a troop transport, and placed in commission in March 1919 as USS South Bend (ID # 4019). Between May and August of that year she was assigned to the Cruiser and Transport Force and brought nearly 5000 troops home from Europe. Decommissioned in early September, she was turned over to the U.S. Army and later returned to her owners. The ship had a long commercial career with the Luckenbach firm, some of it under the name J.L. Luckenbach. Sold to Panamanian interests in 1948, she was subsequently renamed San Francisco.

This page features, and provides links to, all available views concerning USS South Bend (ID # 4019), which was later the U.S. Army Transport South Bend and S.S. J. L. Luckenbach and San Francisco.

For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS South Bend (ID # 4019) -- On Board and Close Up Views.


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

    Photo #: None

    S.S. Sol Navis
    and South Bend (American freighters, 1919)

    Fitting out on 26 February 1919 in the wet dock at the Sun Shipyard, Chester, Pa. Sol Navis is in the foreground and South Bend is the ship behind her with her anchor in place. The two ships behind them are probably Edellyn and Marica.

    Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-UB.

     
    Photo #: None

    S.S. South Bend
    and Sol Navis (American freighters, 1919)

    Fitting out on 26 February 1919 in the wet dock at the Sun Shipyard, Chester, Pa. South Bend is on the left nearly complete and Sol Navis is on the right.

    Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-UB.

     
    Photo #: None

    S.S. South Bend
    (American freighter, 1919)

    A detail from the previous image showing South Bend nearly complete on 26 February 1919 in the wet dock at the Sun Shipyard, Chester, Pa.

    Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-32-UB.

     
    Photo #: NH 104596

    USS South Bend
    (ID # 4019)

    Arriving in a U.S. port (probably New York) in 1919, with her decks crowded with troops returning from Europe.
    Photographed by J.W. Allison, New York City.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 93KB; 900 x 545 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 105814

    USS South Bend
    (ID # 4019)

    Arriving in New York Harbor, while bringing American service personnel home from Europe, 1919.
    Photographed by Jno. W. Allison, 42 West 39th Street, New York City.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 93KB; 900 x 550 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 103665

    USS South Bend
    (ID # 4019)

    Halftone reproduction of a photograph of the ship in port, 1919.
    This image was published at that time as one of ten photographs in a "Souvenir Folder" of views of and on board USS South Bend.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 62KB; 740 x 490 pixels

     
    Photo #: Unknown

    USAT South Bend
    (1919-1920)

    Photographed at Astoria, Oregon, circa early 1920 during her brief Army service.

    Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2009.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

     
    Photo #: None

    USAT South Bend
    (1919-1920)

    Photographed circa early 1920 during her brief Army service, possibly in the Pacific Northwest.

    Source: Shipscribe.

     


    For more images related to this ship, see:

  • USS South Bend (ID # 4019) -- 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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