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Raritan III (LSM-540)

(LSM-540: displacement 1,095 (full load); length 203-6-; beam 34-6-; draft 8-4-; speed 12 knots; complement 59; armament 2 40mm., 8 20mm.; class LSM-1)

A river in New Jersey


The third Raritan was laid down 10 May 1945 as LSM-540 by Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.; launched in August 1945, and commissioned on 6 December 1945.

LSM-540 was placed out of commission in March 1946, and berthed at Green Cove Springs, Fla., as a unit of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Recommissioned in August 1957, she was homeported at Miami, Fla. She was named Raritan 14 October 1959, but was decommissioned at Norfolk 1 December 1959 and was struck from the Navy list 1 January 1960.

16 September 2005

Published: Wed Aug 26 09:59:55 EDT 2015