USS Keresaspa (ID-1484)
USS Keresaspa ca. 1918.
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Northumberland Shipbuilding Company, Newcastle, England|
|Acquired:||31 October 1918|
|Commissioned:||31 October 1918|
|Decommissioned:||11 February 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to owners 11 February 1919|
|Notes:||In commercial service as SS Franconia 1903-1918, as SS Keresaspa 1919-1922, and as SS Pannonia from 1922|
|Tonnage:||4,637 gross tons|
|Length:||360 ft (110 m)|
|Beam:||48 ft (15 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 5 in (4.09 m)|
|Speed:||9 knots (maximum)|
|Armament:||1 × 5-inch (127-millimeter) gun|
Keresaspa was built in 1903 as the commercial cargo ship SS Franconia for an Austro-Hungarian firm, the Franconia Steamship Company, Limited, by the Northumberland Shipbuilding Company, at Newcastle, England. She had been renamed SS Keresaspa by the time the U.S. Navy acquired her on 31 October 1918 for World War I service. The Navy assigned her the naval registry Identification Number (Id. No.) 1484 and commissioned her the same day as USS Keresaspa with Lieutenant Commander James J. Boyce in command.
Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Keresaspa departed New York City with a cargo of 400 horses and mules for transport to France. She discharged her cargo at La Pallice, France, and returned to the United States at Baltimore, Maryland, on 20 January 1919.
Following repairs Keresaspa was decommissioned on 11 February 1919 and returned to her owners. She returned to mercantile service, and was renamed SS Pannonia in 1922.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Keresaspa (ID # 1484), 1918-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Keresaspa (SP-1484)