Cetus AK 77
(AP: dp. 9,733; 1. 608'; b. 66'4"; s. 16 k.; cpl. 776;
a. 4 6")
The second Covington (No. 1409) was built in 1908 by F. Schichau, Danzig, Germany, as Cincinnati; interned by customs officials at Boston upon the entry of the United States into World War I, transferred to the Navy 26 July 1917; and commissioned 28 July 1917, Captain R. D. Hasbrouck in command.
Between 18 October 1917 and 1 July 1918 Covington made six voyages from Hoboken, N.J., to Brest, France, safely transporting more than 21,000 troops for service with the American Expeditionary Force. On 1 July 1918 she was torpedoed without warning by the German submarine U-86 off Brest; she sank the next day despite efforts to save her. The convoy escorts succeeded in rescuing all but six of her complement of 776.