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Wake Island

  • Built in 1943 for the Defense Plant Corp (DPC 603) by Jeffersonville Boat and Machine, Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched in 1943
  • Accepted by the Defense Plant Corp.,
  • Leased through the Inland Waterways Corporation chartered to John I. Hay and the Ashland Oil and Refining Company for the duration of World War II.
  • Sold in 1947, converted to a dredge
  • Sold to the Brazos Engineering Co. and taken to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1959
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1016 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 52'
    Hull Depth unknown
    Draft 11'
    Speed unknown
    Crew unknown
    two reciprocating steam engines
    two propellers

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    Wike Island
    Wake Island - The Battle of Wake Island was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on Wake Island. The assault began simultaneously with the attack on Pearl Harbor naval and air bases in Hawaii on the morning of 8 December 1941 (7 December in Hawaii), and ended on 23 December, with the surrender of American forces to the Empire of Japan. It was fought on and around the atoll formed by Wake Island and its minor islets of Peale and Wilkes Islands by the air, land, and naval forces of the Japanese Empire against those of the United States, with Marines playing a prominent role on both sides. The island was held by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War theater of World War II; the remaining Japanese garrison on the island surrendered to a detachment of United States Marines on 4 September 1945. (Wikipedia)
    Photo - "An Unsteady Victory at the Battle of Wake Island" - Marine defenders of Wake Island under attack by invading Japanese amphnibious forces, circa 8 - 23 December 1941. (Warfare History Network)
    Map - Diagram of Wake Island, February 1942. (U.S. National Archives photo # 80-G-466235 a U.S Navy Photo, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration)
    Tommy Trampp
    Wike Island
    68k Wake Island underway probably during builder trials in 1943 on the Ohio River near Jeffersonville, IN.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison LaCrosse Historic Steamboat Photographs
    John Spivey

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