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Whitecap (SP 340)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - King - Watch

Trawler:

  • Built in 1916 by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, WI for the Bay State Fisheries Co. of South Boston, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Whitecap (SP 340), 8 May 1917
  • Decommissioned 11 March 1919 at Boston, MA
  • Returned to her owner 1 May 1919 and struck from the Naval list
  • Sold in 1938 to the General Seafood Corp. of Boston
  • Sold in 1940 to Hillyer Bros., Ltd., of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and renamed Ocean Transport No. 25
  • Transferred to British registry in 1941
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 303 t.
  • Length 143'
  • Beam 22' 8"
  • Draft 13' 5"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 18
  • Armament: One 6-pounder and one 3" mount
  • Propulsion: One 600ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Whitecap 68k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Whitecap 126k Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken during World War I. Whitecap appears to be towing a heavily-loaded schooner through icy waters.
    Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 85729
    Naval Historical Center
    Whitecap 100k Underway in a harbor, circa 1917-1919.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102373

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