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Sea Otter I (IX-51)

  • Built by Jakobson's Shipyard, Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y.
  • Launched, 24 May 1941
  • Acquired by the Navy, 29 May 1941
  • Placed in service, 9 July 1941, LT Francis Kernan in charge
  • Sea Otter I operated in 3rd Naval District prior to World War II
  • Placed out of service, 6 November 1941
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 24 June 1942
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown
    Displacement 100 t.
    Length 80'
    Beam 12' 8"
    Draft 6' 8"
    Speed unknown
    Armament none
    gasoline engines
    single propeller
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    IX-51 467k Sea Otter I (IX-51) running sea trials, 23 November 1941, near New York. Sea Otter I was a working model of a revolutionary new type of cargo ship. She was one-third the size of the 270 ft., 1,900 ton cargo ship which the Navy had previously announced as "challengers" to the submarine. The full size vessels were to by propelled by a six-foot propeller sunk amidships. Power would be supplied by 16 gasoline engines. James Swank

    Sea Otter I (IX-53)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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