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Rickwood (SP 597)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Boy - Watch - Jig


  • Built in 1910 as Ethel M. Ward by the Matthews Boat Co., Clinton, OH
  • Renamed Rickwood
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 June 1917 and commissioned USS Rickwood (SP 597) the same day
  • Returned to her owner 3 March 1919
  • Registered in 1933 to Francis A. Carmelia of Washington, DC as the freighter Rickwood homeported in New York, NY
  • Remained on the mercantile register until 1955
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 40 t.
  • Length 75'
    1933 - 70.2'
  • Beam 13' 5"
  • Draft 4' 3"
    1933 - 6.4'
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 10
    1933 - Three
  • Armament: One 3-pounder
  • Propulsion: Two 40hp 4-cylinder Murray and Tregurtha gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Rickwood 91k Underway in a harbor, prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102161
    Naval Historical Center

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