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De Lesseps

 

Ferdinand De Lesseps (1805-94) was a French diploma and engineer who formulated plans for the Suez Canal and carried them to a successful conclusion. He also directed the French company which failed in the attempt to construct the Panama Canal.

 

De Lesseps was a tug owned by the Panama Canal Company who loaned her in 1918 to the Navy for temporary use by the Commandant, 15th Naval District.