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(Barge: t. 1,515; 1. 229'1"; b. 40'1"; dph. 24'1"; dr.
23'9"; cpl. 6)

Solitaire (ID. No. 3026)—a wooden-hulled, seagoing barge built in 1879 at Bath, Maine, by E. Sewall—was purchased by the Navy at Norfolk on 18 October 1917 from the Luckenbach S.S. Co.; was commissioned on 8 August 1918; and was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service the same day.

The barge promptly began operations along the Atlantic coast carrying coal from Norfolk to New England ports. She continued this duty until she was decommissioned on 27 March 1919 and transferred to the 5th Naval District. Solitaire was struck from the Navy list on 13 June 1919 and sold on 11 September 1919.


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