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Sol Navis (ID 4031-A)


Transport:

  • Laid down 6 July 1918 by the Sun Shipbuilding Co., Chester, PA for the Luckenbach Steamship Co.
  • Launched 9 February 1919
  • Commissioned USS Sol Navis (ID 4031-A), 7 July 1919 at South Philadelphia, PA
  • Delivered 10 July 1919
  • Decommissioned 22 October 1919 at Brooklyn, NY and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Bought back by the Luckenbach Steamship Co. and renamed Harry Luckenbach
  • Torpedoed and sunk 7 March 1943 about 400 miles east-southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland by the German submarine U-91.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 8,713 t.
  • Length 449.9'
  • Beam 60.2'
  • Draft 28.2'
  • Propulsion: Four boilers, two 5,000hp steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Sol Navis
    South Bend 149k Sol Navis and South Bend fitting out on 26 February 1919 in the wet dock at the Sun Shipyard, Chester, Pa. Sol Navis is in the foreground and South Bend is the ship behind her with her anchor in place. The two ships behind them are probably Edellyn [ID-4307] and Marica [ID-4031]
    National Archives photo from Shipscribe
    Tommy Trampp
    Photos added 21 March 2019
    South Bend 148k South Bend and Sol Navis fitting out on 26 February 1919 in the wet dock at the Sun Shipyard, Chester, Pa. South Bend is on the left nearly complete and Sol Navis is on the right
    National Archives photo from Shipscribe
    USS Sol Navis (ID 4031-A)
    Sol Navis 147k Photographed probably about the time of her commissioning in the summer of 1919
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 44465
    Mike Green

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