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L. K. Thurlow (ID 2987-A)


  • Built in 1913 as Lewis K. Thurlow by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Launched 4 October 1913
  • Delivered 14 November 1913
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 November 1918 at Barry Docks, Wales, United Kingdom and commissioned USS L. K. Thurlow (ID 2987-A) the same day
  • Decommissioned 27 March 1919 at Philadelphia, PA, struck from the Navy Register and returned to her owner
  • Acquired by the Eastern Transportation Co. for use as a coastwise barge and renamed Ajax in 1937
  • Scrapped in August 1951.


  • Displacement 3,178 t.
  • Length 328'
  • Beam 46' 1"
  • Depth of hold 22'
  • Draft 23'
  • Complement 32
  • Propulsion: Two single ended and one auxiliary boiler, one 1,200hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Commanding Officers - SS Lewis K. Thurlow
    01CAPT A. L. Kent, USMM1913
    Commanding Officers - USS L. K. Thurlow (ID 2987-A)
    01LCDR Elias Beranger, USNRF25 November 1918 - 27 March 1919
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