|USS Menhaden (SP-847)|
USS Menhaden (SP-847) sometime between May 1917 and November 1918.
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||C. W. Crockett, Pocomoke City, Maryland|
|Commissioned:||21 May 1917|
|Decommissioned:||12 March 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 12 March 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as commercial tug Menhaden 1905-1917 and from 1919|
|Type:||Patrol vessel and tug|
|Tonnage:||93 gross tons|
|Length:||100 ft (30 m)|
|Beam:||17 ft 9 in (5.41 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)|
|Propulsion:||Coal-burning steam engine|
|Armament:||2 x 1-pounder guns|
Menhaden was built as a commercial tug of the same name in 1905 by C. W. Crockett at Pocomoke City, Maryland. In May 1917, the U.S. Navy chartered her from her owner, E. Benson Dennis of Cape Charles, Virginia, for use as a section patrol vessel during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Menhaden (SP-847) on 21 May 1917 with Ensign Edwin T. George, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to the 5th Naval District and based at Norfolk, Virginia, Menhaden provided tug and towing services and conducted harbor patrols in Hampton Roads for the rest of World War I and into 1919. She also provided support to the 5th Naval District's minesweepers.
Menhaden was returned to Dennis on 12 March 1919.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Menhaden (SP-847), 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Menhaden (SP 847)
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