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|SS City of Philadelphia in a crude photo from a data card maintained by the Navy on the vessel during World War I. At that
time the Navy considered her "unsuitable for Naval use" and did not assign her an identification number. The steamer was modernized during the 1930s and renamed
US Naval History and Heritage Command (Ships Histories files), photo No. None, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|Port side view of the Wilson Lines excursion boat SS Liberty Belle just after completion of her modernization in the 1930s.
Photo by Moss Photo, N.Y.
|Liberty Belle (IX-72)
|Liberty Belle (IX-72) moored at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 21 May 1942, after completing conversion for use as an experimental vessel
for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory. At this time she was a chartered vessel with an officer in charge supervising a civilian crew.
US Naval History and Heritage Command (Ships Histories files), US Navy Bureau of Ships Photo No. 19-N-32720 and 19-N-32719, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
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