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Sussex (SP 685)

Fishing Steamer/Minesweeper:

  • The first Sussex was built in 1913 by R. T, Potter, Milton, DE
  • Acquired by the Navy 5 May 1917
  • Commissioned 31 July 1917
    Ships' Data, U.S. Naval Vessels 1918 lists commissioned date as 9 August 1917
  • Struck from the Navy list 11 March 1919
  • Sold 16 January 1920
  • Registered in 1927 to Gusta Johanesen of New York, NY as the fishing vessel Gyda Else
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 67 t.
  • Length 74' 2"
  • Beam 17' 6"
  • Draft 6' 9"
    1927 - 7.6'
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Complement 16
    1927 - Eight
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: One 96hp 6-cylinder Harris gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Sussex 89k With her crew posed on deck, circa 1917-1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89745-A
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01Chief Boatswain Lewis Derrickson, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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