Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Naval History Division • Washington

USS Sable (IX-81)

A weasel-like mammal of northern Europe and Asia, related to the marten and valued for its glossy, dark fur.

(IX-81: dp. 6,564; l. 535'; b. 58')

Sable (IX-81), formerly named Greater Buffalo, was built in 1924 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio; acquired for Navy use on 7 August 1942 by WSA from the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Co., Detroit, Mich.; named Sable on 19 September 1942; converted at the Erie Plant, American Shipbuilding Co., Buffalo, N.Y.; and commissioned on 8 May 1943, Capt. William A. Schoech in command.

With the installation of a carrier deck, Sable was designated as a training vessel for qualification of carrier pilots. She was assigned to the 9th Naval District on 1 June 1943 and qualified pilots for carrier operations until decommissioned on 7 November 1945Sable was struck from the Navy list on 28 November 1945. Sold by the Maritime Commission to H. Buncher Co., on 7 July 1948, she was scrapped on the 27th.

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