The neat thing, they were completely safe from any threat by U-boats, raiders, or Bismarck. No such evils lurking on the Great Lakes.Love those unique ships...
* The only freshwater-carriers ever build
* The only paddle-wheel carriers ever build
* The only purpose-build training carriers ever
More on the Sable and Wolverine: https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2016/02/heroes_on_deck_film_premiere_h.htmlThank you fredymac, I never knew of these two training carrier's and their importance!
Thanks for bring them and this interesting video to my attention!!
The general reason to use freshwater ships, if I recall correctly, was the concerns that transport tonnage of required size is scare (due to u-boat attacks and need to transport troops and supplies on both oceans), and any attempt to secure ocean-capable ship would led to enormous amount of bureaucracy. Freshwater ships were of little interest, though. Also, the sea-capable training carrier would be under constant threat of being mobilized for frontline service, if the situation turn dire.The neat thing, they were completely safe from any threat by U-boats, raiders, or Bismarck. No such evils lurking on the Great Lakes.