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ex-Virginia (SP 1965)

Auxiliary Schooner: Built in 1902 F. W. McCullough, Norfolk, VA; Acquired by the Navy 24 December 1917 and commissioned USS Virginia (SP 1965); Renamed SP-1965 in early 1918 to avoid confusion with the battleship Virginia; Struck from the Navy list 3 January 1919 and returned to her owner.
Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 35 t.; Length 61'; Beam 15' 8"; Draft 5'; Speed eight mph; Complement eight; Armament unknown.

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SP-1965 135k Photographed during World War I.
U.S. Navy photo NH 102358
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Virginia—a two-masted, auxiliary schooner built in 1902 by F. W. McCullough at Norfolk, Va.—was acquired by the Navy on Christmas Eve of 1917 under free lease from W. M. Holland of Norfolk. In Navy records, she does not appear as an active unit until July 1918—when she was listed in the Navy Directory as a unit of the 5th Naval District section patrol force —probably operating in and around Norfolk. Initially, she retained the name Virginia semi-officially and was so listed in several editions of the 1918 Navy Directory. However, after December 1918, she was carried on all Navy records as SP-1965, but frequently with a parenthetical Virginia added after the official designation. The schooner served the Navy until 3 January 1919 when her name was struck from the Navy list, and she was returned to her owner.

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