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Willimantic (ID 3549)


Freighter:

  • Built in 1918 as Oktaha by the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 29 May 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 2 November 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Decommissioned 21 April 1919 at New York and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom in early 1942
  • Sunk by gunfire 24 June 1942 from the German submarine U-156.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 10,690 t.
  • Length 396'
  • Beam 53'
  • Draft 23' 6"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 52
  • Propulsion: Three Baden oil fired boilers, one 2,300hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Willimantic 109k Being launched at the Seattle [Todd] Construction and Dry Dock Co., Seattle, Washington, on 29 May 1918. The tug Prosper of Seattle is assisting
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65082
    Robert Hurst

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