An ice cream barge was a vessel employed by the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater of World War II to produce ice cream in large quantities to be provisioned to sailors and U.S. Marines. The craft, a concrete barge acquired from the U.S. Army and worth one million dollars,[1][2] was able to create 10 US gallons (38 L) of ice cream every seven minutes, or approximately 500 US gal (1,900 L) per shift, and could store 2,000 US gal (7,600 L).[3][4] It was employed in the USN's Western Pacific area of operations, at one point anchored at Naval Base Ulithi.[5] These ships were intended to raise the morale of U.S. troops overseas by producing ice cream at a fast rate. The army built three concrete barges of their own, specifically for making ice cream.[6]

Ice cream barge

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  1. ^ Wingo 1994, p. 162.
  2. ^ Funderburg 1995, p. 143.
  3. ^ Meister 2017, p. 78.
  4. ^ "Unique Ships of the U.S. Navy". Official website. United States Naval Institute. January 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Bovbjerg 2004, p. 13.
  6. ^ Keller, Jared (August 7, 2017). "How The Navy's Ban On Booze Birthed A Million-Dollar Floating Ice Cream Parlor". Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2024.



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