|USS Joseph F. Bellows (SP-323)|
|Name:||USS Joseph F. Bellows|
|Namesake:||A former name retained|
|Owner:||Bellows and Squires, Inc., Ocran, Virginia|
|Builder:||E. James Tull, Pocomoke City, Maryland|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||by the Navy in May 1917|
|Commissioned:||18 May 1917|
|Fate:||sold 2 July 1919; fate unknown|
|Armament:||One 6-pounder gun|
USS Joseph F. Bellows (SP-323) was a fishing boat purchased by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was outfitted as an armed minesweeper and was assigned to the Virginia coast. Post-war she served as a tender and supply ship until sold in 1919.
Built in MarylandEdit
Joseph F. Bellows (SP-323), a fishing steamer built in 1912 by E. J. Tull, Pocomoke City, Maryland, was acquired by the Navy from Bellows and Squires, Inc., Ocran, Virginia, in May 1917. She commissioned 18 May 1917, Ens. T. C. Christopher, USNRF, in command.
World War I serviceEdit
Assigned to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Virginia, Joseph F. Bellows operated as a minesweeper off Cape Henry and in the convoy channel to Hampton Roads, Virginia.
After the armistice ending World War I was signed, she acted as a lightship tender and a supply ship until July 1919.
Decommissioning and saleEdit
Joseph F. Bellows was sold 2 July 1919 to NcNeal Dodson Co., Inc., Reedville, Virginia.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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