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Lucille Ross (SP 1211)

Tug: Built in 1893 by the Brewster Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD; Acquired by the Navy, 17 April 1917; Commissioned 24 April 1917; Returned to her owner, 3 June 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 22 t.; Length 70' 7"; Beam 15' 5"; Draft 8'; Speed 10 kts.; Complement nine; Armament none.

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Lucille Ross 107k Photographed circa 1917-19.
U.S. Navy photo NH 101799
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Lucillc Ross, a wooden steam tug, was built in 1893 by Brewster Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Md.; acquired by the Navy under charter 17 April 1917 from her owner, Richmond Cedar Works, Richmond, Va.; taken over 18 April 1917; and commissioned 24 April 1917 at Norfolk, Ens. William Partridge, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the 5th Naval DIstrict, Lucille Ross was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve 20 August 1917. Operating out of Norfolk throughout World War I, she served as a shore and harbor patrol boat, assisted during customs inspections, sealed ships radios, and performed occasional towing services. In addition she steamed Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic while carrying supplies to coastal lighthouse ships. During September and October 1918 she also provided towing service for the Army Transport Service. She was returned to her owner 3 June 1919.

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