USS Keresaspa (ID-1484)

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USS Keresaspa (ID-1484).jpg
USS Keresaspa ca. 1918.
History
United States
Name: USS Keresaspa
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Northumberland Shipbuilding Company, Newcastle, England
Completed: 1903
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
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 4,637 gross tons
Displacement: 3,019 tons
Length: 360 ft (110 m)
Beam: 48 ft (15 m)
Draft: 13 ft 5 in (4.09 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 9 knots (maximum)
Complement: 86
Armament: 1 × 5-inch (127-millimeter) gun

USS Keresaspa (ID-1484) was a United States Navy cargo ship in commission from 1918 to 1919.

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.

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