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WORLD WAR I

Photo #  NH 103288:  USS Julia Luckenbach in 1919, while serving as a troop transport


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S.S. Julia Luckenbach (American Freighter, 1917).
Served as USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407) in 1918-1919

The steamship Julia Luckenbach, a 8151 gross ton freighter, was completed early in 1917 at Quincy, Massachusetts, for commercial employment. She operated under charter to the U.S. Army during the first year of U.S. participation in World War I. Taken over by the Navy in August 1918 and placed in commission as USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407), she carried cargo to France beginning in September of that year. Transferred from the Naval Overseas Transportation Service to the Cruiser and Transport Force a few months after the November 1918 Armistice and converted to a troop transport, she was then used to bring American veterans home from the former European war zone. This work ended in July 1919 and USS Julia Luckenbach was decommissioned in September of that year. Returned to her owner, the Luckenbach Steamship Company, her subsequent long civilian career ended when she was declared a "total constructive loss" in September 1943.

This page features, and provides links to, all available views concerning the freighter Julia Luckenbach and USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407).

For more images related to this ship, see:

  • S.S. Julia Luckenbach (American Freighter, 1917) and USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407) -- On Board and Close Up Views.


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

    Photo #: NH 101434-A

    S.S. Julia Luckenbach
    (American Freighter, 1917)

    Photographed by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department in 1917-1918.
    Acquired by the Navy on 7 August 1918, this ship was placed in commission on 15 August as USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407). She was decommissioned on 9 September 1919 and returned to her owner, the Luckenbach Steamship Company.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 76KB; 740 x 525 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 101434

    S.S. Julia Luckenbach
    (American Freighter, 1917)

    Photographed by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department in 1917-1918.
    Acquired by the Navy on 7 August 1918, this ship was placed in commission on 15 August as USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407). She was decommissioned on 9 September 1919 and returned to her owner, the Luckenbach Steamship Company.

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

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 430 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 103288

    USS Julia Luckenbach
    (ID # 2407)

    Photographed in 1919, while serving as a troop transport.
    The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 39KB; 740 x 485 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 104450

    USS Julia Luckenbach
    (ID # 2407)

    In a harbor, while serving as a troop transport in 1919.
    The original photograph is printed on postcard ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 40KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 106394

    USS Julia Luckenbach
    (ID # 2407)

    In a floating dry dock, 1919.
    The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 72KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 106395

    USS Julia Luckenbach
    (ID # 2407)

    Seen from astern while in a floating dry dock, 1919.
    Note her four-blade propeller (with one blade removed), and the ship's name and port of registry ("New York") on her stern.
    The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 87KB; 500 x 765 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99432

    S.S. Julia Luckenbach
    (American Freighter, 1917)

    At San Pedro, California, during the 1920s.
    This ship served as USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407) in 1918-1919.

    Collection of Commander Edward S. Moale, USN (Retired).

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 420 pixels

     


    The following photograph shows a ship that is probably USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407) while she was serving as a Navy cargo ship:

    Photo #: NH 103057

    Luckenbach Steamship Company freighter


    In port in 1918, while painted in pattern camouflage.
    The original image is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.
    This ship is probably USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407), as another copy of this view was received in 2008 with a collection of photographs related to that ship.

    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 55KB; 740 x 475 pixels

     


    For more images related to this ship, see:

  • S.S. Julia Luckenbach (American Freighter, 1917) and USS Julia Luckenbach (ID # 2407) -- 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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