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VG 25A Playitas (used)

Vagel Grip

VG 25A Playitas (used)

$ 49.00

Used 1/1250 scale model of the Panamanian freighter Playitas ex USS Sea Otter II IX-53 by Vagel Grip (VG 25A) as in 1946.

Constructed during the height of German submarine attacks along the Atlantic coast, Sea Otter II was designed to allow torpedoes to pass beneath her shallow draft. The draft, however, proved to be almost twice the amount expected, and her 16 unmuffled gasoline engines would be noisy enough to alert any submarine in the area.

Consequently, Sea Otter II, like her predecessor, the 80-foot shallow draft Sea Otter I (IX-51), was destined for little use. She remained at Charleston until being placed out of service on 28 May 1942. On 26 June, she was transferred to the War Shipping Administration, subsequently transferred to Cargoes Incorporated and operated by them during the war.

She was struck from the Navy list on 8 May 1946 and sold for $15,000 to the Panama Steamship Company and renamed Playitas. Was apparently in Havana harbor when the Cuban revolution took place and remained there. Last photographed in Havana on August 30, 1974. Eventual fate unknown.

Builder: Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, Texas
Launched: 23 August 1941
Sponsored by: Mrs. Eads Johnson
Acquired: 26 September 1941
Commissioned: 26 October 1941
Decommissioned: 28 May 1942
Struck: 8 May 1946
Fate: Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 26 June 1942
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,941 long tons (1,972 t)
Length: 254 ft (77 m)
Beam: 38 ft (12 m)
Draft: 10 ft 2 in (3.10 m)
Complement: 15

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