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USS Menhaden (SP-847)
USS Menhaden (SP-847)
USS Menhaden (SP-847) sometime between May 1917 and November 1918.
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Name: USS Menhaden
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: C. W. Crockett, Pocomoke City, Maryland
Completed: 1905
Acquired: May 1917
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
General characteristics
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
Speed: 8 knots
Complement: 19
Armament: 2 x 1-pounder guns
USS Menhaden (SP-847) at Norfolk Navy Yard

USS Menhaden (SP-847) at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, in August 1917.

The first USS Menhaden (SP-847) was a United States Navy patrol vessel and tug in commission from 1917 to 1919.

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.


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