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USS Kerkenna (1900)

Career (United States)
Name: USS Kerkenna
Namesake: A variant spelling of "Kerkennah," referring to the Kerkennah Islands belonging to Tunisia in the Gulf of Gabes
Builder: William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow, Scotland
Launched: 25 July 1900
Completed: 1900
Acquired: 28 September 1918
Commissioned: 28 September 1918
Decommissioned: 16 April 1919
Fate: Transferred to United States Shipping Board for simultaneous return to owner
Notes: In commercial service as Borneo and Kerkenna 1900-1918, as Kerkenna 1919-1921, as Mount Summit 1921-1922, as Alfold 1922-1925, as Doris 1925-1929, and as Ikbal 1929-1963
Sold for scrapping 2 July 1963
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Displacement: 3,621 tons
Length: 380 ft 7 in (116.00 m)
Beam: 45 ft 7 in (13.89 m)
Draft: 22 ft 2 in (6.76 m) (mean)
Speed: 8 knots
Complement: 65
Armament: 2 x 3-inch (76.2-millimeter) guns

USS Kerkenna was a United States Navy cargo ship in commission from 1918 to 1919.

Construction, early career, acquisition, and commissioning

Kerkenna was launched on 25 July 1900 at Port Glasgow, Scotland, by William Hamilton and Company as the commercial cargo ship Borneo, and was delivered to her owners later that year. Later renamed Kerkenna, she was the property of the Kerr Navigation Company of New York City when the United States Army took control of her on 22 November 1917 for World War I service. The U.S. Navy acquired her at Brest, France, on 28 September 1918 and commissioned her the same day as USS Kerkenna with Lieutenant A. F. Dahlstedt, USNRF, in command.

Unlike most commercial ships commissioned into U.S. Navy service during World War I, Kerkenna never received a naval registry Identification Number (Id. No.).

United States Navy service

Attached to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Kerkenna carried coal and U.S. Army supplies between British and French ports until 24 February 1919.

Kerkenna departed Inverness, Scotland, on 24 February 1919 with a cargo of naval mines and naval mine supplies for return to the United States. Reaching New York City on 19 March 1919, she departed on 21 March 1919 for Norfolk, Virginia, where she arrived on 24 March 1919. She then was decommissioned on 16 April 1919 and transferred to the United States Shipping Board for immediate return to the Kerr Navigation Company.

Later career

Kerkenna returned to commercial service. In 1921, Kerr Navigation sold her to the American Ship and Commerce Navigation Corporation, which renamed her Mount Summit. She was sold again in 1922 to the Oceana Sea Navigation Company of Budapest, Hungary, and renamed Alfold. In 1925, she was sold to George F. Andreadis of Chios, Greece, and renamed Doris. She was sold in 1929 to Turkish owners and renamed Ikbal. Her long career came to an end when she was sold for scrapping on 2 July 1963.


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