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San Juan (SP 1352)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Tare - Love - Jig


  • Built in 1904 by J. F. Duthrie, Seattle, WA
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 December 1917
  • Commissioned 8 March 1918
  • Decommissioned and returned to her owner 12 February 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 284 t.
  • Length 128'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 13' 6"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 500hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Steamer San Juan
    San Juan 75k Underway prior to her World War I era Naval service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 93690
    Naval Historical Center
    San Juan 95k In a Pacific Northwest port, prior to her World War I era Naval service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 93691
    San Juan 106k U.S. Navy photo Jim Kurrasch, Battleship Iowa, Pacific Battleship Center
    Photo added 29 June 2019
    USS San Juan (SP 1352)
    San Juan 126k Incomplete merchant ships laid up at Seattle, Washington. Photographed circa early to mid-1919. This is probably the storage facility at Seattle where the Northern Pacific Division (Washington State) of the Emergency Fleet Corporation laid up the wooden cargo ships it accepted without engines after the World War I Armistice, plus a few completed as flush deck barges. There are more than forty ships and barges in this group, most of them of the Ferris type (E.F.C. Design 1001). In the right center background are the Lake Union Brick Company and USS San Juan (SP 1352).
    U.S. Navy photo NH 43179
    Naval Historical Center
    San Juan 118k At Seattle, Washington, circa early to mid-1919. This image is cropped from photo NH 43179
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 43179 (cropped)
    Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The first San Juan (SP-1352) was built in 1904 by J. F. Duthie, Seattle, Wash., acquired by the Navy on 20 December 1917 on charter from the San Juan Packing Co., Seattle; converted for use as a minesweeper and patrol boat, and commissioned on 8 March 1918 Ens. R. W. Jackson, USNRF, in command.

    Following commissioning, San Juan was retained in the 13th Naval District and, throughout her brief career, operated primarily in the Puget Sound-Juan de Fuca Strait area. After the end of World War I, her services were no longer required; and, in February 1919, she was decommissioned and returned to her owner.

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