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Cape Henry (ID 3056)

Civilian call sign:
Love - King - Rush - George

Freighter: Built in 1918 as War Dolphin by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Sparrows Point, MD for the British government; Order canceled, transferred to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) and renamed Cape Henry; Launched 30 March 1918; Delivered 22 May 1918; Acquired by the Navy 25 October 1918 and commissioned USS Cape Henry (ID 3056) the same day; Decommissioned 3 March 1919 at New York and returned to the USSB; Sold in 1920 to the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Steamship Corp. of Baltimore, MD; Repossessed by the USSB in 1922. Renamed Dorothy at some point in the next two and a half decades, the former Cape Henry was transferred to Honduran registry in 1951. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 10,505 t.; Length 391' 9"; Beam 52'; Draft 23' 10"; Speed 11 kts.; Complement 62; Armament one 6"; Propulsion one 2,500ihp steam engine, one shaft.

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Cape Henry 61k Composite photograph, taken circa October 1918, while the ship was in the final stages of fitting out at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Sparrows Point, Maryland.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99879
Naval Historical Center
Cape Henry 93k c. 1921
Photo from an advertisement of the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Steamship Corp.
Joe Radigan

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