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K. I. Luckenbach

 

A former name retained.

 

(Str: dp. 16,000; l. 468'3"; b. 56'; dr. 30'6"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 99; a. 1 6", 1 3")

 

K. I. Luckenbach was launched 27 October 1917 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Mass., for the Luckenbach Steamship Co. of New York; acquired by the Navy at New York 8 August 1918; and commissioned 9 August, Lt. Comdr. James A. McDonald, USNRF, in command.

 

K. I. Luckenbach served as a cargo transport supplying the AEF in France. From 12 August to 22 December she made two round-trip voyages carrying general Army cargo to France. She was detached from NOTS 24 December and assigned to the Cruiser and Transport Force to assist in returning American troops from France. She made three round-trip voyages before debarking her last soldiers in New York 14 September 1919. Two days later she arrived Norfolk, decommissioned 5 October, and returned to her owner.