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Aurora (ID 3325)



Civilian call sign:
Love - Mike - Quack - Tare

Freighter: Built in 1918 as War Compass by Pusey and Jones Co., Wilmington, DE; Launched 17 July 1918; Completed as Aurora in September 1918. One of a series of eight small 300-foot freighters ordered by the British and requisitioned by the United States Shipping Board (USSB) in August 1917. All originally had British "War" names and none saw U. S. Navy service. Aurora (which was assigned the U.S. Navy registry ID-3325) was completed in early September 1918, in time to make at least one voyage in wartime camouflage paint. She was also completed with a wartime rig, consisting of pairs of short kingposts replacing the usual single masts fore and aft, and with a single light pole mast near the smokestack to support the ship's radio antennas. Sold in 1920 to Lloyd Royal Belge S.A. of Antwerp, Belgium and renamed Carabinier; Sold in 1925 to Armement Gylsen S.A. of Antwerp and renamed Yzerhandel; Sold in 1928 to Maritime Gantoise S.A. of Ghent, Belgium and renamed Belgica; Sold in 1932 to A/S Havlide of Skien, Norway and renamed Haarfagre; Sold in 1948 to O/Y Wildfart Ltd. of Helsingfors, Finland and renamed Helmi L; Renamed Karl-Eric in 1949; Sold in 1952 to Lovisa Rederi A/B of Finland; Scrapped in 1960 at Ghent.

Specifications: Displacement 2,825 t.; Length 299'; Beam 44'; Draft 19' 7"; Speed unknown; Complement 34; Armament none; Propulsion one 1,550ihp engine, one shaft.


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SS Aurora
Aurora 52k Probably photographed soon after her completion in September 1918.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 105295
Robert Hurst
SS Karl Eric
Aurora 76k .Naval Historical Center photo NH 105255 Robert Hurst

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