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Laddies Who Launch: 1913

Laddies Who Launch: 1913

February 14, 1913. "Noon -- Steamer Seeandbee." Lunch break for men working on the sidewheeler Seeandbee at the Detroit Ship Building yard in Wyandotte. View full size.

 

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USS Wolverine

The Seeandbee was a luxurious sidewheeler cruise ship operated by the Cleveland and Buffalo Transit Company, or C&B -- Seeandbee, get it? Later she was converted to a training aircraft carrier, the USS Wolverine, as part of the “Corn Belt Fleet,” operating only on Lake Michigan. Along with the USS Sable, the only Navy carriers to use coal for fuel. And they were the only paddlewheel carriers in history.

In her cruising days, she was pretty impressive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX-FvPe5ecQ

Metamorphosis

It seems the Seeandbee turned into a Wolverine and lived an interesting life.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Wolverine_(IX-64)

HOTEL WINDOWS

I've never noticed what appear to be large double hung windows on a ship. Especially those close to the waterline. Must have been considered seaworthy on a lakes ship.

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