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Atlantus



SS Atlantus is the most famous of the twelve concrete ships built during World War I.

SS Atlantus was launched in December of 1918, just after World War I had ended. She made a number of trans-Atlantic crossings, returning troops home. After being decommissioned, she was purchased for civilian use in 1926. Her owner had plans to create a ferry dock out of her and two of her sister ships. She never saw service, however, as a storm ran the ship aground at Sunset Beach and she could not be freed.

As of 2005, she remains a Cape May tourist draw, but her condition is rapidly deteriorating with only her stern above water. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Faith



The California businessman W. Leslie Comyn took the initiative to build ferrocement ships on his own. He formed the San Francisco Ship Building Company (in Oakland, California), and hired Alan Macdonald and Victor Poss to design the first American ferrocement ship, a 6,125-ton steamer named the SS Faith. Faith was launched March 18, 1918. She cost $750,000 to build. She was used to carry bulk cargo for trade until 1921, when she was sold and scrapped as a breakwater in Cuba. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Henri Le Chatelier


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L. J. Vicat


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Palo Alto


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The Palo Alto was a concrete ship built as a tanker at the end of World War I. She was built by the San Francisco Shipbuilding Company at the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Oakland, California. She was launched on May 29, 1919, too late to see service in the war.

She was mothballed in Oakland until 1929, when she was bought by the Seacliff Amusement Corporation and towed to Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, California. A pier was built leading to the ship, and she was sunk a few feet in the water so her keel rested on the bottom. There she was refitted as an amusement ship, with amenities including, a dance floor, swimming pool and a café.

The company went bankrupt two years later and the ship cracked at the mid section. She was stripped of her fittings and left as a fishing pier. Eventually she deteriorated to the point were she was unsafe for even this use and was closed to the public. Today she remains at Seacliff Beach and serves as an artificial reef for marine life.

In Spring of 2005, oil found on wildlife nearly two years earlier was traced back to the ship. In September 2006, a clean-up project was started estimated at $1.7 million. No oil is know to have spilled into the ocean, but wildlife experts believe birds came into contact with oil by entering the ship's cracked hull while diving underwater for fish. (Source: Wikipedia)

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USS Quartz (IX-150), a Trefoil-class concrete barge designated an unclassified miscellaneous vessel, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for quartz or silicon dioxide (Si02) a hard, vitreous mineral occurring in many varieties and comprising 12% of the earth's crust. Her keel was laid down as MC hull 1330 by Barrett and Hilp, Belair Shipyards, San Francisco, California (T. B7.D1). She was launched on 4 December 1943, and accepted by the Navy and placed in service 13 April 1944 with Lieutenant Commander Paul N. Runyon in command.

Designed to provide facilities for the issuance of stores at advanced bases, Quartz was assigned to the Service Force, Pacific Fleet. She was towed to Pearl Harbor from San Francisco, arriving 10 May 1944. Operating with Service Squadrons 8 and 10, she was typical of the "Green Dragons" or "Crockery" ships, which acted as warehouses afloat and packed every conceivable supply item within their holds. She provided services at Majuro, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Leyte, and Guam.

Quartz specialized in the handling of clothing, together with general stores. High speed provision ships made runs to the far reaches of the Pacific, transferred their cargoes to the "crockery" ships, and then returned to the United States for another load without awaiting piecemeal discharge of their cargoes.

After V-J Day Quartz was assigned to support Operation Crossroads, atomic bomb testing. Quartz was part of Task Group 1 and 8, a supply and support group to the testing. After the detonation Quartz was towed to Kwajalein for study and monitoring. After verifying her free of radioactive contamination, the Navy sold her on 23 October 1947 to the Powell Rvier Company of Powell River, British Columbia, where she was permanently anchored with nine other hulks to form a breakwater protecting the Catalyst Paper Mill. (Source: DANFS)

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