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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Lake Fresco

Other name(s): Jack

Ship owner: Minnesota-Atlantic Transit Co.; U.S. Maritime Commission; U.S. Shipping Board

Ship builder: American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio

Engine builder: American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio

Year ship built: 1919

Year engine built: 1919

Final disposition: Torpedoed and sank between Puerto Rico and New Orleans, on May 27, 1942. It was bound from Ponce, Puerto Rico with a cargo of sugar. Vessel sank in four minutes. Several survivors picked up after 32 days on a life raft.


Launched February 20, 1919



b) Jack (1924)


1) U. S. Shipping Board

2) Minnesota-Atlantic Transit Co. (1924)

3) U. S. Maritime Commission (1941)

Registry number: US. 217851

Hull number: 755

Vessel type: Laker

Height: 26.1

Width: 43.6

Length: 251

Stroke length: 40

Gross tonnage: 2622

Net tonnage: 1617

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Triple expansion

Piston 1: 20

Piston 2: 33

Piston 3: 54

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