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Kenneth L. McNeal (SP 333)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Quack - Pup

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Cast - Pup


  • Built in 1913 by M. M. Davis, Solomon's Island, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy 14 June 1917
  • Commissioned 10 August 1917
  • Decommissioned 8 September 1919 at Brest, France and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 331 t.
  • Length 160'
  • Beam 21'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 24
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 617hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    McNeal 76k At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia on 19 August 1917. Two 110-foot submarine chasers (SC) are under construction in the left background, and the stern of the collier Cyclops is barely visible at right. McNeal's camouflage scheme, looks as if she has been painted to resemble a cloud formation
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89790
    Robert Hurst
    McNeal 307k Off Lorient, France, circa 1918. She has the numeral "1" painted on her bow
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2011
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107330
    McNeal 83k Ship's mascot posing atop a bollard, while she was at Lorient, France in 1918
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2011
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107331
    Cahill 90k Lorient, France. View taken on 4 July 1918, showing U.S. Navy minesweepers in the right center, alongside the dock at Base 19. The French Navy machinist school is at left. The inboard ship is a hulk, presumably an old French warship employed as a harbor support vessel. Minesweepers tied up outboard of it include (from left to right): USS Cahill (SP 493), USS Douglas (SP 313), USS Hinton (SP 485), USS Courtney (SP 375), and McNeal. These former fishing vessels were originally known by their civilian names, respectively: Winfield S. Cahill, Otis W. Douglas, John B. Hinton, Warren J. Courtney and Kenneth L. McNeal. Though ordered shortened to surnames by a July 1917 Navy General Order, the longer names were often used afterwards
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 45084

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Carroll Beaver Byrne, USN - USNA Class of 191210 August 1917 - 1918
    02ENS James B. Dryden, USNRF1918 - 1919
    03LCDR Clarence Nelson Hinkamp, USN - USNA Class of 1907
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1919) - Retired as Captain
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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