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United States' IX-64 USS Wolverine training aircraft carrier

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IX-64 USS Wolverine on Lake Michigan on April 6, 1943:
United States' USS Wolverine Training aircraft carrier with a F4F ready for a catapult launch, June 1942
US Navy Photo, 488-019-009

Design

In late 1941 it was decided that the majority of the carriers in service would be used in combat and with U-Boats off the East Coast two Great Lakes coal fired paddle steamers would be converted to have a flight deck for training.

The trainee pilots would be based on land and would do "circuits and bumps" to the Wolverine.

Conversion

In early 1942 the steamer Seeandbee was taken to Buffalo and had its superstructure removed. A wooden flight deck was added the overhung the hull considerably.

The island contained four funnels for the exhaust.

Ships

IX-64 USS Wolverine

  • Formerly the Seeandbee
  • Manufacturer: Detroit
  • November 9, 1912: Launched.
  • Conversion: Buffalo
  • August 12, 1942: Completed.

Specifications

  USS Wolverine
Crew 270
Displacement 7,200 tons
Physical Characteristics  
Length 500'
152.4 m
Length - Water Line 484' 6"
147.68 m
Beam 58' 3"
17.75 m
Draft / Height 15' 6"
4.72 m
Flight Deck - Width 98'
29.87 m
Performance  
Speed 16 knots
Armament None
Aircraft None
Armor  
Engines Inclined compound
Boilers Cylindrical: 4
Paddles 2
HP 8,000

Sources:

  1. The World's Aircraft Carriers 1914 - 1945, Roger Chesneau, 1986
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site