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USS Sturgeon Bay (IX-27)

1924 International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Item - Tare - Zed
  • Built in 1918 as an Emergency Fleet Corp (design 1007) wood-hull freighter by Universal Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, WI. for the Lake & Ocean Navigation Co.
  • Launched, 25 April 1918
  • Delivered in November 1918
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the United State Shipping Board (USSB), 24 September 1921
  • Initially assigned to the 9th Naval District (Great Lakes)
  • Transferred to the 3rd Naval District (New York) in June 1922
  • Commissioned USS Sturgeon Bay (IX-27), 7 June 1922, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Turned over to the New York State Naval Militia, on loan, in June 1922, for use as a floating armory at Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Returned to the Commandant, 3rd Naval District for disposal, 30 January 1928
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1928
  • Sold, 5 March 1928, to Donahue Stratton Co., Milwaukee, WI.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 826 t.(net)
    Length 245' 0"
    Beam 42' 0"
    Draft 23' 11" (mean)
    Speed 10 k.
    Compliment unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion triple expansion steam engine, single shaft

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    United States Shipping Board
    Sturgeon Bay 92k Launching of SS Sturgeon Bay, at the Universal Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, WI. 25 April 1918.
    Photo courtesy Door County Maritime Museum. Courtesy
    Mike Cosgrove
    Sturgeon Bay 22k SS Sturgeon Bay underway in the Great Lakes in November 1918.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85642, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Sturgeon Bay 169k SS Sturgeon Bay At Green Bay, WI., soon after completion at Sturgeon Bay. Note the wartime camouflage paint.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo No. NH 105922-A-KN. courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Sturgeon Bay
    NH 2203
    134k SS Sturgeon Bay probably at the Norfolk Navy Yard in late 1921 or early 1922 soon after delivery to the Navy by the Shipping Board. Upon arrival she was showing daylight through the seams in her sides. These images probably show her after caulking by the yard. The faded inscription on her bow shows her previous occupation: "Sturgeon Bay, United States Shipping Board, Recruiting Service."
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo #'s NH 2203 and NH 438. Courtesy
    Mike Green
    Sturgeon Bay
    NH 438
    USS Sturgeon Bay (IX-27)
    Sturgeon Bay 155k USS Sturgeon Bay (IX-27) underway, circa 1924, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 43622.
    Mike Green

    USS Sturgeon Bay (IX-27)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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