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Photo #  NH 103051:  USS K.I. Luckenbach at Brest, France, 1919


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S.S. K.I. Luckenbach (American Freighter, 1918).
Served as USS K.I. Luckenbach (ID # 2291) in 1918-1919

K.I. Luckenbach, a 9052 gross ton freighter, was built in 1917-1918 at Quincy, Massachusetts, for the Luckenbach Steamship Company. In August 1918, following some months of service under charter to the Army, she was taken over by the Navy and placed in commission as USS K.I. Luckenbach (ID # 2291). Initially employed as a cargo ship, she completed two trips to France with U.S. Army material. In December 1918 the ship was transferred to troop transport duties, modified for that purpose, and made three voyages bringing home American service personnel from the former European war zone. USS K.I. Luckenbach completed her final Atlantic trip in September 1919 and was returned to her owner in early October.

This page features all available views concerning the freighter K.I. Luckenbach and USS K.I. Luckenbach (ID # 2291).


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Photo #: NH 99367

S.S. K.I. Luckenbach
(American Freighter, 1918)

In drydock, possibly when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 11 February 1918.
This steamship was acquired by the Navy on 8 August 1918 and placed in commission as USS K.I. Luckenbach (ID # 2291) on the following day. She was decommissioned and returned to her owner on 5 October 1919.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 92KB; 560 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 103051

USS K.I. Luckenbach
(ID # 2291)

At Brest, France, while serving as a troop transport, 1919.
The original image is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 80KB; 740 x 475 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 103915

USS K.I. Luckenbach
(ID # 2291)

Arriving at New York in 1919, while bringing home troops from Europe. Note the men crowding her decks
Photographed by E. Muller Jr.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 79KB; 740 x 470 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 106027

USS K.I. Luckenbach
(ID # 2291)

Troops crowd the ship's foredeck, as seen from her bridge during a voyage from France to the United States, 31 April 1919.
The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 127KB; 740 x 490 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 106585

USS K.I. Luckenbach
(ID # 2291)

Homeward bound troops relaxing on the ship's foredeck at sea, 12 May 1919.
The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. Addressed to Miss Florence Blanchard of White Plains, New York, the card is postmarked Newport News, Virginia, 23 May 1919.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 115KB; 900 x 585 pixels

 


The following photograph MAY show USS K.I. 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 History and Heritage Command Photograph.

Online Image: 89KB; 740 x 475 pixels

 


Formerly related image: Photo # NH 103057, which was previously identified as possibly showing USS K.I. Luckenbach or S.S. K.I. Luckenbach, has now been determined to probably be a view of the very similar Julia Luckenbach. It has accordingly been removed from this page.


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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