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Seneca (SP 1240)

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Unit - Fox - Cast

Call sign (1927):
King - Cast - Vice - Dog


  • Built in 1884 by John Roach and Son, Chester, PA
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 October 1917
  • Sold 1 October 1919 to the Neptune Line of New York, NY as the freighter Seneca
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 2,208 t.
  • Length 283' 8"
  • Beam 42'
  • Draft 22' 3"
    1927 - 24.6'
  • Complement: Four (1927)
  • Propulsion: Non-self propelled.
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    Seneca 103k In port, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102202
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01Chief Boatswain's Mate Raymond Smith, USNRF18 October 1917
    02LCDR Lee P. Warren, USN1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The fourth Seneca (SP-1240), a non-self-propelled barge built as a schooner in 1884 by John Roach and Son, Chester, Pa., was purchased by the Navy on 18 October 1917 from the Luckenbach Steamship Co. Her first commander was Chief Boatswain's Mate Raymond Smith, USNRF.

    Seneca first served as a coal barge for the Minesweeping Division at Tompkinsville, N.Y. In January 1918, she moved to Providence, R.I.; and she spent the last months of the war as a floating base at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. In February 1919, she relieved Bushnell as temporary tender for Submarine Division 5, and served as such (primarily as an accommodation ship) at Philadelphia from 4 March to 28 May and at Norfolk from 29 May until detached on 29 August. She was ordered sold on 10 September 1919 and was delivered to her purchaser, the Neptune Line of New York City, on 1 October 1919.

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