USS Kerowlee (1901)
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||J. Readhead and Sons, South Shields, England|
|Acquired:||17 October 1918|
|Commissioned:||17 October 1918|
|Decommissioned:||11 August 1919|
|Notes:||In commercial service as SS Campania and SS Kerowlee 1901-1918, and as SS Kerowlee 1919-1920|
|Tonnage:||3,550 gross tons|
|Displacement:||3,350 long tons (3,400 t)|
|Length:||350 ft (110 m)|
|Beam:||46 ft 8 in (14.22 m)|
|Draft:||23 ft (7.0 m)|
|Speed:||10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)|
|Armament:||1 × 4-inch (102-millimeter) gun|
Kerowlee was built in 1901 at South Shields, England, by J. Readhead and Sons as a commercial cargo ship. She operated under the name SS Campania during at least part of her commercial service. She was named SS Kerowlee and the property of Kerr Navigation Company of New York City by the time the United States Army took control of her at Le Havre, France, on 1 December 1917 for World War I service. The U.S. Navy acquired her from the Army at Cardiff, Wales, on 17 October 1918 and commissioned her the same day as USS Kerowlee with Lieutenant Commander W. L. Strong, USNRF, in command. Unlike most commercial ships commissioned into U.S. Navy service during World War I, Kermoor never received a naval registry Identification Number (Id. No.).
Transferred to a United States Shipping Board account on 1 June 1919, Kerowlee departed St. Nazaire on 8 July 1919 with a load of U.S. Army cargo for the United States. Arriving at Norfolk, Virginia, on 25 July 1919, she was decommissioned on 11 August 1919 and transferred to the U.S. Shipping Board the same day for simultaneous return to the Kerr Navigation Company.
- "Serious Marine Casualties". The Times (42370). London. 27 March 1920. col B, p. 18.
- "Casualty reports". The Times (42369). London. 26 March 1920. col A, p. 23.
- 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 Kerowlee (1918-1919)
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Kerowlee