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20th Century French Warship Le Gladiateur

Le Gladiateur Ship Plans

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French Navy net-laying ship Le Gladiateur

Just posted: free ship plans of the French Navy Mine Warfare Ship Le Gladiateur (The Gladiator).

A net-laying ship, Le Gladiateur was built at Arsenal de Lorient. Keel laid 1932, she was launched 10/04/1933. She was scuttled at Toulon 11/27/1942 by her own crew to avoid capture. Ship was salvaged by Italians 03/30/1943 but later captured by Germans and commissioned them in January 1944 as SG18. She was bombed and sunk by Allied aircraft 4/2/1944.

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Free Ships Plans of Motor Vessels, too!

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U.S. Coast Guard cutter White Sumac

Our posts have featured a lot of sail- and oar-powered free ship plans of late, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have Motor Vessels as well.

Two of our favorites are the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter White Sumac, and the Steam Tug Hercules.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter White Sumac was originally constructed as a yard lighter (YF416) for the United States Navy in 1943. This class of vessel provided logistical support to naval operations during World War II. Following the War, the Coast Guard acquired eight of these vessels to use as buoy tenders.

Built in 1907, the Steam Tug Hercules was ground-breaking with its steel hull and triple-expansion steam engine. Now the only remaining ocean-going steam tug on the West Coast, Hercules was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

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Steam Tug Hercules

The free ship plans for both of these vessels come from their documentation as part of the Historic American Engineering Record, a program of the National Park Service. The photos and drawings from those surveys are kept by the Library of Congress. The Hercules Photo Gallery is posted, I’ll update when we get the White Sumac Photo Gallery up on the site.

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