USS E.A. Poe (IX-103)

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E.A. Poe (IX-103) entering USS ABSD-1 at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands for repairs, 3 June 1944.
United States
Ordered: 1942
Acquired: 30 August 1943
In service: 23 February 1945
Out of service: 15 March 1946
Fate: returned to owner
General characteristics
Displacement: 14,500 tons
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)
Draught: 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)
Propulsion: towed
Speed: not self-propelled
Complement: 293 officers and men
Armament: one four-inch gun, one three-inch gun

USS E. A. Poe (IX-103), formerly Edgar Allan Poe, an unclassified miscellaneous vessel, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Edgar Allan Poe. She was chartered by the Navy in 1942, then taken over after being damaged and losing use of her engines on 30 August 1943. She was employed as a dry storage ship being towed among the islands of the southwest Pacific, issuing provisions to them as well as to ships and small craft in the area. She was placed in service on 23 February 1945 and out of service on 15 March 1946 when returned to her owner. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 28 March 1946.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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