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USAT Raritan
USED Dredge Detroit Wayne (1932 - 1940)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Cargo Ship :
  • Laid down in 1919, as the cargo ship SS Lake Fairton for the United States Shipping Board (USSB), at American Shipbuilding, Wyandotte, MI.
  • Launched in 1919
  • Delivered in December 1919 to the United States Shipping Board
  • Acquired by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1932, converted to a suction-dredge, rename Detroit Wayne
  • Used as flood control hulk by Corps of Engineers, 1932-1940
  • Sold to the Raritan Steamship Corp., re-converted to a cargo ship, renamed SS Raritan
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration circa 1941 as a bare bottom charter from the Raritan Steamship Co.
  • Allocated circa 1942 to the War Department Transportation Corp. as a sub bare bottom charter
  • Final Disposition, stranded on Seward Edge, Frying Pan Shoals, NC, February 28, 1942; became total loss.
    Raritan Specifications:
    Displacement 2,649 gross tons
    Length 251'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 26'
    Speed unknown
    Armament unknown
    Complement unknown
    Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    one triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft, 1,500shp

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    USED Detroit Wayne
    DEtroit Wayne
    80k USED Dredge Detroit Wayne at anchor, 8 September 1932, location unknown.
    US Army Corp of Engineers Digital Library
    John Spivey
    DEtroit Wayne
    USAT Raritan
    27k USAT Raritan underway, date and location unknown.
    Sunken Ships of the Outer Banks
    John Spivey

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