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USCGC Pequot
ex-USS SP-319
ex-USS J. A. Palmer (SP 319)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Rush - Jig

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Able - Vice - King

J. A. Palmer served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard


  • Built in 1912 as John A. Palmer, Jr. by Jackson and Sharpe, Wilmington, DE
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS J. A. Palmer (SP 319), 7 April 1917
  • Loaned to the Coast Guard in February 1918
  • Renamed SP-319, 17 January 1919
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 13 October 1919 at the Coast Guard Depot Curtis Bay, MD
  • Renamed USCGC Pequot 12 November 1919
  • Decommissioned 11 May 1922
  • Sold 8 August 1922 to the McNeal Edwards Co. of Reedsville, VA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 276 t.
  • Length 155'
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 9'6"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 33
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one vertical compound expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    SP-319 114k

    Julius Auboineau Palmer Jr., (March 1, 1840 January 11, 1899) is probably best remembered in history for his association with Hawaiian queen Liliuokalani. His was born into an old established Massachusetts family that centered around a conservative Christian lifestyle. His father was a successful business man and politician, one brother a Christian minister, and another brother a professor at Harvard University. As a young man, he chose a seaman's life, visiting much of the world and becoming a multi-linguist. After retiring as a sea captain, he devoted later years to researching the health benefits of edible fungi.

    Tommy Trampp
    SP-319 77k Photographed prior to World War I
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 100226
    Robert Hurst

    View the J. A. Palmer (SP 319)
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Revenue Cutter History:

    The Pequot was a cable-laying vessel that was originally a Navy section patrol boat, SP-319, which itself was originally launched as the John A. Palmer, Jr. She was acquired by the Coast Guard in 1919 and renamed Pequot. She saw service along the East Coast laying cables.

    She towed her replacement vessel, the former Army mine planter General Samuel M. Mills, from Newport News to the Depot at Curtis Bay, departing on 28 April 1922. Pequot was decommissioned on 11 May 1922 and was sold on 8 August 1922 to McNeal Edwards Company, of Reedville, Virginia for $17,000.

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