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USS Wolverine - one of two coal-fired paddle-wheeled lake-steaming aircraft carriers

USS Wolverine IX-64 1943 - Freshwater carrier - Lake Michigan USS Wolverine (IX-64) was a freshwater aircraft carrier of the United States Navy during World War II. The Navy converted her from a paddlewheeler coal-burning steamer in order to use her for advanced training for naval aviators in carrier take-offs and landings.

04 Oct 43: US aircraft carrier USS RANGER launches twenty SBD Dauntless dive bombers and an escort of eight Wildcats, attacking two German convoys at Bodo, Norway, sinking 5, in the war's only US carrier action above the Arctic Circle. The German press had reported the Ranger sunk by a u-boat back in April and its commander had been personally decorated by Hitler himself. Oops. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=1004&s=431004 #WWII

Bikini Atoll - The USS Saratoga. One of the few diveable aircraft carriers in the world.

USS Michigan was the United States Navy's first iron-hulled warship and served during the American Civil War. She was renamed USS Wolverine in 1905. In an encounter with Great Lakes "timber pirates" in the 1850s, a steamer rammed Michigan. The pirate vessel was badly damaged in the maneuver, and was captured.

Collier USS Jupiter -- the future aircraft carrier USS Langley -- fitting out at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 1912.

The Yorktown class was a class of three aircraft carriers built by the U.S. and completed shortly before World War II. They bore the brunt of early action in that war, and USS Enterprise, the sole survivor of the class, became the most decorated ship in the history of the U.S. Navy.

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Aircraft carrier 'amazingly intact' after 64 years under the Pacific

USS Independence, 1943.