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USS Tuluran (AG-46)
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USS Lake Superior (ID #2995) (1918 - 1919)


International Radio Call Sign:

November - Uniform - Xray - Papa
NUXP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
USS Lake Superior (ID-2995)

World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)
USS Tuluran (AG-46)

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


Cargo Ship/Taganak Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
  • Laid down as SS War Bayonet in 1917, by the Toledo Shipbuilding, Co., Toledo, OH.
  • Launched, 25 October 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned Lake Superior (ID 2995), 30 January 1918, LCDR. Hans L. Mortensen, USNRF, in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1919, and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1925 to Pillsbury & Curtis, San Francisco, CA., and renamed SS C. D. Johnson III
  • Sold again in 1926 to Pacific Spruce Corp., Toledo, OR.
  • Sold in 1931 to the Times Mirror Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Sold in 1933 to the Schafer Brothers Steamship Lines, San Francisco, CA., renamed SS Anna Schafer
  • Acquired by the Navy from the War Shipping Administration, 16 October 1942 and designated AG-46
  • Commissioned, USS Tuluran (AG-46), 11 December 1942, LT. Frank G. Isbell, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 20 December 1945, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold on 26 December 1946 to the American Iron & Metal Co. and subsequently scrapped by National Metals, Terminal Island, CA in 1947
    Lake Superior Specifications:
    Displacement 1,984 t.(lt) 4,500 t.(fl)
    Length 261'
    Beam 43' 6"
    Draft 18' 7"
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament
    Lake Superior
    one 5" and one 6-pounder
    Tuluran
    one single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mount
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 2,860 Bbls
    Propulsion
    Toledo vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Scotch boilers, 180psi Sat.
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Merchant Service
    Lake Superior 76k SS War Bayonet fitting out at Toledo Shipbuilding, Co., Toledo, OH, circa 1918-19.
    From the collection of Peter K. Connelly, Courtesy William H. Davis, 1967.
    US Navy photo NH # 64964 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Lake Bridge 135k SS War Rifle and SS War Bayonet in port, possibly in the New York City area when they were inspected by the Third Naval District, 26 December 1917.
    US Navy photo # NH 99509 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Lake Superior (ID-2995)
    Lake Superior 62k USS Lake Superior probably photographed near the end of her construction by the Toledo Shipbuilding Company, Toledo, OH.
    US Navy photo # NH 102003 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Lake Superior 46k USS Lake Superior underway with a load of lumber, date and location unknown. Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Tuluran (AG-46)
    Tuluran 100k Stern view of USS Tuluran (AG-46) off San Francisco, 14 December 1942.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7758-42.
    Darryl Baker
    Tuluran 95k Broadside view of USS Tuluran (AG-46) off San Francisco, 14 December 1942.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7759-42.
    Darryl Baker
    Tuluran 123k USS Tuluran underway in San Francisco Bay, 14 December 1942, three days after her commissioning.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-38968, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Tuluran 95k USS Tuluran at San Diego, CA., on 8 April 1944 after completing an extensive overhaul.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # unknown, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Fighting Ships entries
    USS Lake Superior and
    USS Tuluran (AG-46)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Mortensen, Hans L. USNRF30 January 1918 - ?Lake Superior
     Decommissioned/Struck/Sold31 July 1919 - 11 December 1942 
    02LT. Isbell, Frank George USNR11 December 1942 - ?Tuluran (AG-46)
    03LT. Giles, Albert Baker USNR? - 21 July 1945Tuluran (AG-46)
    04LT. Luke, John Robert USNR21 July 1945 - 20 December 1945Tuluran (AG-46)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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