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Solitaire (ID 3026)

Barge: Built in 1879 by E. Sewell, Bath, ME; Acquired by the Navy 18 October 1917; Commissioned 8 August 1918; Decommissioned 27 March 1919; Struck from the Naval Register 13 June 1919; Sold 11 September 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 1,515 t.; Length 229' 1"; Beam 40' 1"; Draft 23' 9"; Depth of hold 24' 1"; Speed (believed to be non-self propelled); Complement six; Armament none.

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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Solitaire (ID. No. 3026)-a wooden-hulled, seagoing barge built in 1879 at Bath, Maine, by E. Sewall-was purchased by the Navy at Norfolk on 18 October 1917 from the Luckenbach S.S. Co.; was commissioned on 8 August 1918; and was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service the same day.

The barge promptly began operations along the Atlantic coast carrying coal from Norfolk to New England ports. She continued this duty until she was decommissioned on 27 March 1919 and transferred to the 5th Naval District. Solitaire was struck from the Navy list on 13 June 1919 and sold on 11 September 1919.

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