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USS Wolverine (IX-64)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Mike - November
NWMN
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Training Aircraft Carrier:
  • SS Seeandbee a side-wheel excursion steamer built in 1913 at American Shipbuilding Co., Wyandotte, MI.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 12 March 1942
  • Converted to a training aircraft carrier
  • Commissioned USS Wolverine (IX-64), 12 August 1942, at Buffalo, N.Y., CDR. George R. Fairlamb in command
  • Decommissioned, 7 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 21 November 1947 at Cleveland, OH. to A. F. Wagner Iron Works
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,200 t.
    Length 500'
    Beam 98'
    Draft 15' 6"
    Speed 28 kts.
    Complement 270
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    two compound reciprocating engines
    twelve coal fired Scotch boilers
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    one recip-drive 100Kw 120V D.C.
    two sidewheels, 8000hp

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    Wolverine 115k Advertisements for SS Seeandbee service between Cleveland and Buffalo on Lake Erie. Tommy Trampp
    Wolverine 121k
    Wolverine 30k The side-wheel steamer SS Seeandbee underway on Lake Erie in 1913.
    Photo from the State Historical Society of Colorado.
    Tommy Trampp
    Wolverine 174k Post Card image of the side-wheel steamer SS Seeandbee prior to WWII Tommy Trampp
    Wolverine 77k Side-wheel steamer SS Seeandbee prior to WWII Haze Gray & Underway
    Wolverine 230k The Cleveland & Buffalo Link side-wheel steamer SS Seeandbee moored pierside, August 1919, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Maritime History of the Great Lakes.
    Robert Hurst
    Wolverine 345k Large oval Cleveland & Buffalo tin tray advertisement for SS Seeandbee, date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USS Wolverine (IX-64)
    Wolverine 114k SS Seeandbee at Buffalo, New York, in mid-1942. The massive wooden superstructure has been removed, and all that is left about forecastle deck level is four boiler uptakes, a structure over the engine room, and the paddle boxes.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 81057
    Mike Green
    Wolverine
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 81058
    143k SS Seeandbee under conversion from an excursion steamer to a training aircraft carrier, circa mid-1942 to mid-1943. Tommy Trampp
    Wolverine 58k
    Wolverine 90k Wolverine (IX-64) running official trials off Buffalo, N. Y., 11 August 1942.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No Photo No. 1996.488.019.012
    Mike Green
    Wolverine 316k USS Wolverine (IX-64) as she completes her fitting out in the summer of 1943. At left is the excursion steamer SS Greater Buffalo: her superstructure will soon be razed and a flight deck added.
    US Navy photo. Photo and text from "Aircraft Carriers of The World, 1914 to the Present: An Illustrated Encyclopedia" by Roger Chesneau.
    Robert Hurst
    Wolverine 80k USS Wolverine (IX-64) probably photographed soon after completion.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 45092. Courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Wolverine 351k USS Wolverine (IX-64) underway in Chicago harbor, 22 August 1943.
    Credits: "Navy Yearbook", Ed. by Phillip Andrews and Leonard Engel; Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1944
    Derick S. Hartshorn
    Wolverine 35k USS Wolverine (IX-64) moored pierside at Chicago, 15 January 1943. Gerd Matthes
    Wolverine 308k USS Wolverine (IX-64) lying at anchor in Lake Michigan on 6 April 1943. The black structure on the port side does not belong to the ship.
    US Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo # 1996.488.019.009.
    Robert Hurst
    Wolverine 184k A poem written in October 1942 by Melvin Walter MM2/c USNR while serving in USS Wolverine (IX-64) Jim Wallace for his wife's grandfather, Melvin H. Walter MM2/c USNR USS Wolverine August 1942 - September 1944
    Wolverine 136k USS Wolverine (IX-64) blackgang, circa August 1942 - September 2944. Melvin Walter is on the left in the first photo, in the rear of photo 2, and in the front row left of photo 3. Jim Wallace for his wife's grandfather, Melvin H. Walter MM2/c USNR USS Wolverine August 1942 - September 1944
    Wolverine 136k
    Wolverine 173k
    Wolverine 182k USS Wolverine (IX-64) Christmas Dinner in port Chicago, IL., 25 December 1943
    CAPT. Charles L. Lee USN carving turkey in wardroom
    Wardroom officers and family members
    Crews' general mess with crew and relatives
    Christmas Day dinner menu
    Jim Wallace for his wife's grandfather, Melvin H. Walter MM2/c USNR USS Wolverine August 1942 - September 1944
    Wolverine 143k
    Wolverine 136k
    Wolverine 80k
    Wolverine 60k USS Wolverine (IX-64) and USS Sable (IX-81) moored at Chicago, IL. date unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Wolverine 81k USS Wolverine (IX-64) underway in Lake Michigan, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine April 1960
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Wolverine 43k USS Wolverine (IX-64) underway in Lake Michigan, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine April 1960. The arrow points to the paddle wheel.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Wolverine 43k USS Wolverine (IX-64) underway in Lake Michigan, date unknown.
    US Navy
    Robert Hurst
    Wolverine 29k USS Wolverine (IX-64) underway in Lake Michigan, date unknown.
    US Navy
    Robert Hurst
    Wolverine 149k USS Wolverine (IX-64) underway in Lake Michigan, date unknown.
    Photo from the collection of Ralph Matteson.
    David Briedis
    Wolverine 2027k USS Wolverine (IX-64) and USS Sable (IX-81) newspaper articles. Ron Reeves
    Wolverine 45k USS Wolverine (IX-64) underway in Lake Michigan with Chicago skyline in background, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Gerd Matthes
    Wolverine 41k USS Wolverine (IX-64) underway in Lake Michigan during training flight operations, date unknown.
    US Navy photos.
    Gerd Matthes
    Wolverine 52k

    USS Wolverine (IX-64)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Fairlamb Jr., George Richardson, USN (17)12 August 1942 - 1942
    02CDR. Bowman, Roscoe Leroy, USN (21a) :RADM1942 - January 1943
    03CAPT. Lee Charles Loomis USN (24)January 1943 - May 1944
    04CAPT. DeWolfe, Robert RathbunMay 1944 - June 1944
    05CDR. Rigg, James Francis, USNJune 1944 - November 1944
    06CDR. Wigfall, George Hollingsworth, USN (34)November 1944 - 7 November 1945

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Warbird Information Exchange - USS Sable and Wolverine
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