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Dubhe (ID 2562)


  • Built in 1912 by Rotterdam Droogdok Mij., Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Struck a mine 26 April 1916, 2.5 miles north of North Galloper Buoy, Suffolk, England
  • Beached and later refloated
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 April 1918
  • Commissioned USS Dubhe (ID 2562), 2 April 1918
  • Decommissioned 6 April 1918 and and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Sold in 1929 to August Bolte, William Miller's Nachfolger, of Hamburg, Germany and renamed Boltenhagen
  • Torpedoed and sunk in 1942 by the British submarine Sturgeon (73S) near Lista, Norway.


  • Displacement 7,550 t.
  • Length 332'
  • Beam 48' 2"
  • Draft 20' 7"
  • Speed 7.5 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Propulsion: Two single ended and one auxiliary boiler, one 1,400hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Dubhe 98k National Archives photo from Robert Hurst
    Dubhe 98k Under repair, circa 1918, while painted in Dutch neutrality markings
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 101432
    Naval Historical Center

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