GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER SSBN 656
Ship Name and Designation History
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Keel Laid August 24 1964 - Launched August 14 1965
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50th Anniversary, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS
NAMESAKE - George Washington Carver (1864 - January 5 1943)
Carver studied agricultural science at Iowa State College, graduating in 1894 and receiving a Master of Science degree 2 years later. After serving briefly on the faculty there, he joined Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, where he headed the Agricultural Department. In the ensuing years, his achievements in the fields of soil conservation, crop diversification, and utilization of southern plants and crops won him worldwide acclaim. He is remembered for the ingenuity which enabled him to discover some 300 new and useful products from the peanut, over 100 from the sweet potato, and about 60 from the pecan. He also found new uses from cotton, cowpeas and wild plums. He selflessly refused offers of fortunes for the commercial exploitation of his discoveries, choosing rather to give them freely to mankind. An indefatigable researcher and inventor, George Washington Carver died in Tuskegee, Ala., January 5 1943.
There has been two ships named after George Washington Carver - SS George Washington Carver, a Liberty ship, launched in May 1943; acquired by the War Department in November 1943, renamed United States Army hospital ship USAHS Dogwood; converted to a troop transport USAT George Washington Carver in January 1946; scrapped in 1964 in Oakland, California and USS George Washington Carver SSBN-656.
The ships sponsor was Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993), an American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century.
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