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Herman Frasch (ID 1617)

Herman Frasch served both the U. S. Army and the Navy

Sunk 3 October 1918


  • Built in 1910 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA
  • Acquired by the Army Transport Service
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 September 1918 and commissioned USS Herman Frasch (ID 1617) the same day
  • Sunk 3 October 1918 following a collision with tanker George G. Henry (ID 1560) southeast of Nova Scotia, Canada.


  • Displacement 9,000 t.
  • Length 345'
  • Beam 48' 5"
  • Draft 25' 3"
  • Speed 11.25 kts.
  • Complement 89
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,100hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Herman Frasch 88k Being launched by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Massachusetts on 11 December 1909
    Photo from International Marine Engineering, February 1910, page 66 via
    Robert Hurst
    Herman Frasch 204k Inboard profile and deck plans. Note the three kingpost pairs operating twin booms on which were carried the Spencer-Miller patent marine transfer equipment to handle the bulk cargo in her three large self-trimming cargo holds
    Photo from International Marine Engineering, February 1910, page 66 via
    Herman Frasch 75k An artist's view of the ship as she would appear in commission, drawn at the time of her launching in December 1909
    Photo from The American Marine Engineer, January 1910, page 8 via
    Herman Frasch 104k Possibly photographed around the time of her inspection by the Third Naval District circa 1917
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 88350

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