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An artist's view of S.S. Herman Frasch as she would appear when completed.

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S.S. Herman Frasch (American Freighter, 1910)
Served as USS Herman Frasch (ID # 1617) in 1918.

Herman Frasch, a 3803 gross ton (9000 tons displacement) bulk cargo carrier, was built in 1910 at Quincy, Massachusetts, to carry sulphur for the Union Sulpher Co. (of which Frasch was president). A similar ship, Frieda, was built two years later for the same purpose. Herman Frasch was commissioned at New York in September 1918 as USS Herman Frasch (ID # 1617).

On 1 October Herman Frasch sailed from New York for Sidney, Nova Scotia, where she was to join a convoy that was to depart for Europe on 7 October. Shortly after midnight on 4 October USS Herman Frasch collided off the Nova Scotia coast with the tanker USS George G. Henry (ID # 1560) and sank in seven minutes.

This page features all available views concerning the American freighter Herman Frasch, which became USS Herman Frasch (ID # 1617) in 1918.


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S.S. Herman Frasch
(American freighter, 1910)

Being launched by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, Mass., on 11 December 1909.

Source: International Marine Engineering, February 1910, page 66.

 
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S.S. Herman Frasch
(American freighter, 1910)

An artist's view of the ship as she would appear in commission, drawn at the time of her launching in December 1909.

Source: The American Marine Engineer, January 1910, page 8.

 
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S.S. Herman Frasch
(American freighter, 1910)

Inboard profile and deck plans. Note the three kingpost pairs operating twin booms on which were carried the Spencer-Miller patent marine transfer equipment to handle the bulk cargo in her three large self-trimming cargo holds.

Source: International Marine Engineering, February 1910, page 66.

 
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S.S. Herman Frasch
(American freighter, 1910)

Possibly photographed around the time of her inspection by the Third Naval District circa 1917. This ship was commissioned in the Navy in September 1918 as USS Herman Frasch (ID # 1617) and was lost in a collision with the tanker USS George G. Henry in early October.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 59KB; 595 x 765 pixels

 


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