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USS Sable (IX-81) in June 1945
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Class:        SABLE (IX-81)
Design        Lake Erie Pass., 1923
Displacement (tons):        6,564 light, ca. 8,000t full
Dimensions (feet):        535.0' oa, 519.0' pp x 58.0' (96.5' over paddles) x 15.4'
Original Armament:        None
Later armaments:        --
Complement        --
Speed (kts.):        18
Propulsion (HP):        12,000
Machinery:        Paddle wheels (feathering), 1 3-cylinder compound incluned reciprocating engine, 9
        coal-fired boilers (of which 3 double ended).

Construction:
IX Name Acq. Builder Keel Launch Commiss.
81 SABLE 10 Aug 42 American SB, Lorain -- 27 Oct 23 8 Apr 43

Disposition:
IX Name Decomm. Strike Disposal Fate MA Sale
81 SABLE 7 Nov 45 28 Nov 45 7 Jul 48 MC/S 25 Jun 48

Class Notes:
FY 1943. On 29 Jul 42, as WOLVERINE (IX-64) was nearing completion of conversion, the Auxiliary Vessels Board met to consider a report from the Bureau of Aeronautics that additional training facilities were required and that one and possibly two similar ships would be needed for a like purpose. BuAer suggested, however, that only one be acquired at the present time and that an additional one be taken over later if WOLVERINE proved satisfactory. BuShips advised that two similar but newer ships, S.S. GREATER BUFFALO and her sister GREATER DETROIT, were available. These ships were the largest passenger ships on the Great Lakes and after 1932 were the largest side-wheel passenger steamers in the world. Inspection had indicated that they were suitable for the purpose intended, that both were in very good material condition, and that they were about 30' longer than WOLVERINE but were otherwise similar. A more thorough inspection had been made of GREATER BUFFALO, which had a speed of about 18 knots. The Board recommended that GREATER BUFFALO be acquired and converted in accordance with the plans for WOLVERINE but that the flight deck be increased in length corresponding to the increased hull length and that sufficient outriggers and a crane be provided to facilitate the handling of wrecked planes. As in WOLVERINE the ship's wooden superstructure decks and her three smokestacks were removed and a flight deck and island were fitted to her steel hull. In contrast to WOLVERINE, which had an oak flight deck as in contemporary fleet carriers, SABLE had a flight deck made of two designs of steel flight decking topped with eight types of commercial non-skid coatings.

Ship Notes:
IX Name Notes
81 SABLE Ex merc. GREATER BUFFALO (completed Aug 24). Training aircraft carrier. Conversion by American Shipbuilding Co., Buffalo, N.Y., completed 8 May 43. Title to MC 7 Jul 48, delivered to buyer 6 Jul 48, title to buyer 27 Jul 48, scrapped by 14 Jun 49.

Page Notes:
IX        1942
Compiled:        21 Dec 2010
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