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Levisa (ID 1573)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - King - Boy


  • Built in 1916 by the Detroit Drydock Co., Wyandotte, MI
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 November 1918 and commissioned USS Levisa (ID 1573) the same day at Cardiff, Wales
  • Decommissioned 1 April 1919 and returned to her owner the same day
  • Sold in 1929 to Sanders and Boe of Kragero, Norway and renamed Bjerka
  • Sold in 1933 to Skibs A/S Orion (M. Bruusgaart & H. Bodtker, Jr., Mgrs.) of Oslo, Norway
  • Sold in 1946 to the E-Hsiang Steamship Co., Ltd. of Keelung, Formosa and renamed Foo Ming
  • Scrapped in 1958 at Formosa.


  • Displacement 3,800 t.
  • Length 261'
  • Beam 43' 6"
  • Draft 18' 3½"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Two singled ended boilers, one 1,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Levisa 58k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Levisa 87k In port, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 11 June 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105221
    Robert Hurst

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