Katrina Luckenbach in May 1918, around the time of her completion.
|Name:||USS Katrina Luckenbach|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Fore River Shipbuilding Corporation, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Launched:||22 February 1918|
|Acquired:||18 May 1918|
|Commissioned:||18 May 1918|
|Decommissioned:||25 November 1919|
|Notes:||Served as commercial cargo ship SS Katrina Luckenbach 1919-1953|
|Type:||Cargo ship and troop transport|
|Tonnage:||8,074 gross tons|
|Length:||468 ft 3 in (142.72 m)|
|Beam:||55 ft 11 in (17.04 m)|
|Draft:||30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)|
SS Katrina Luckenbach was built as a commercial cargo ship at Quincy, Massachusetts, by Fore River Shipbuilding Corporation for Luckenbach Steamship Company of New York City. Launched on 11 February 1918, she was delivered to Luckenbach in 1918. Soon after her delivery, the U.S. Navy acquired her from Luckenbach on 18 May 1918 for World War I service under a bareboat charter. Assigned Identification Number (Id. No.) 3020, she was commissioned on the day she was acquired as USS Katrina Luckenbach with Lieutenant Commander Eldon H. Read, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Katrina Luckenbach departed New York City on 10 June 1918, under the command of Lieutenant Bird Henry Stearns, with a cargo of United States Army supplies for American forces in France. She returned to the United States on 16 August 1918, then underwent repairs. The war ended on 11 November 1918, before her repairs were complete.
In December 1918, Katrina Luckenbach was transferred to the Cruiser and Transport Force for postwar use as a troop transport to assist in returning American troops from Europe. After conversion into a transport, she departed Boston, Massachusetts, on 15 June 1919 with cargo for France. Upon her return to New York, Katrina Luckenbach was decommissioned on 25 November 1919 and was returned to Luckenbach the same day.
Once again SS Katrina Luckenbach, she entered service as a commercial cargo ship. She remained in commercial service until scrapped in 1953.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Katrina Luckenbach (ID 3020)
- Captain's Log of Lt. Commander Bird Henry Stearns, USNR