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General Knox (SP 1237)


Schooner-Rigged Barge: Built in 1881 by E. O'Brien, Thomaston, ME; Acquired by the Navy, 18 October 1917; Commissioned, 8 November 1917; Decommissioned, (date unknown); Struck from the Navy Register, 13 June 1919; Sold, 11 September 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 1,587 t.; Length 251' 1"; Beam 42' 5"; Draft 23' 6"; Speed - non-self propelled; Complement unknown; Armament unknown.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: General Knox, a wooden, schooner-rigged barge, built in 1881 by E. O'Brien of Thomaston, Maine, was commandeered by the Navy soon after the United States entered World War I; purchased from Luckenbach S.S. Co., 18 October 1917, and commissioned 8 November 1917.

Early in 1918, General Knox was assigned to the 1st Naval District, carrying coal in the Boston-Bar Harbor area until assigned to NOTS 8 August 1918. With eight other ex-Luckenbach barges towed by various tugs General Knox loaded coal, usually at Norfolk, for delivery to New England ports and to Key West.

She was detached from NOTS at Norfolk 15 March 1919 and assigned to the 5th Naval District until struck from the Navy List 13 June. She was sold 11 September to the Neptune Co. of New York City.


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