USS LASSEN AE-3
SIZE: 5" Round
USS Lassen (AE-3) ex-SS Shooting Star, was an ammunition cargo ship of the U.S. Navy during World War II. Like many Naval ships of this category that carried large amounts of explosive cargo, she was named for a volcano (or a volcanic island). In this case, the ships was named for Lassen Peak, a volcano in northern California that erupted heavily in 1914-17.USS Lassen was built by the Tampa Shipbuilding Company in Tampa, Florida, under a Maritime Commission contract, as the SS Shooting Star. She was launched on 10 January 1940, christened by Mrs. Fred C. Cone. The ship was acquired by the Navy on 15 November 1940, and commissioned four days later for transfer to a shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, for conversion to a Naval ammunition ship, with Lt. Cmdr. A. B. Kerr in command. She was re-commissioned in her modified form on 27 March 1941, with Commander Russell S. Berkey of the U.S. Navy in command.