Sunday, June 25, 2006

Navy Ship To Be Christened For Indian Guide

Descendants of the Indian woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark across the West will be in San Diego tonight for the christening of a Navy ship bearing her name. The USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) will carry a crew of 172. The 41-thousand-ton ship is in the Military Sealift Command's Naval Fleet Auxiliary.The Indian woman accompanied explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark through the West from 1804 to 1806. She spent part of her life in Wyoming and some believe she's buried there. She has been recognized before with a gold dollar coin and a collector's stamp. Two ships operated by the United States Navy have been named Sacagawea.

* The first USS Sacagawea, was a tugboat, launched in 1942; acceptance by the Navy was cancelled on 1 March 1942, and Sacagawea was retained by the Maritime Commission.

* The second, USS Sacagawea, was a tugboat, acquired by the Navy and renamed on 1 September 1942, and struck in 1945.

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