american Lake Farmingdale SS (1919~1924) Florence D. SS (+1942)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1919
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weight (tons) 2643  grt
dimensions 85.5 x 14.9 x 8.9 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine, 2 boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
power 1500  i.h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 545
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cause lost air raid
date lost 19/02/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 665
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Superior Shipbuilding Co., West Superior
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[1]Cadwallader-Gibson Lumber Co., Manila
SS Florence D. (+1942)
period 1924 ~ 1942
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[2]Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.
SS Lake Farmingdale
period 1919 ~ 1924
call sign: 
captain Carmelo Lopez Manzano
no. of crew 37
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[2] Australian National Shipwrecks Database
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entered 30/04/2008
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Lettens Jan18/02/2009
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Allen Tony09/11/2008Florence D. was a American supply ship of 2,638 tons. Built 1919. Dimensions 251 x 43.7 x 26.7 ft. After five direct hits during the Japanese air raid on Darwin, the ship was beached on fire south of Cape Fourcroy on Bathurst Island, 19th February 1942. The initial attack by Japanese aircraft occurred forty kilometres north-west of Bathurst Island. Forty survivors landed on the island and were rescued either by H.M.A.S.Warrnambool or walked overland to the mission station, where a lugger took them to Darwin.

The Florence D had been on a mission carrying supplied to General Macarthur on Corregidor.
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Lettens Jan14/05/2008Florence D; 85.5x14.9x8.9 m.; Owned by Cadwallader-gibson Lumber Co.; Built at Superior Shipbuilding Co. in 1919. Registered at Manila.

Florence D (Commander Carmelo Lopez Manzano) was on voyage from Java to Corregidor Island, Philipines with a cargo of ammunition and supplies for macarthur´s men and a crew of 37, when she was lost in an air raid off 60 miles NW of Bathurst Island. 3 died.
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 Superior Shipbuilding Co., West Superior
Formed as The American Steel Barge Company in 1888. In 1900 renamed Superior Shipbuilding. Later became AmShip Superior and Frazer Shipyards.
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