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Wexford

A county in the state of Michigan.

Coastal Crusader, a C1-M-AV1 cargo vessel, was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2174) on 12 April 1945 at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., by the Leathern D. Smith Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 24 June 1945; sponsored by Mrs. DeForrest Colburn; and completed on 26 July 1945.

On 25 February 1945, the Navy had assigned the name Wexford and the designation AK-220 to the projected ship; but the contract for her acquisition by the Navy was cancelled in August 1945 because of the cessation of hostilities in the Pacific. Coastal Crusader thus entered mercantile service, never having borne the name Wexford.

Published: Wed Nov 18 08:02:52 EST 2015