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General Putnam (SP 2284)

Ferry Boat:

  • Built in 1902 by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, DE for C. H. Holmes
  • Acquired by the Navy, 6 February 1918
  • Placed in service, 29 July 1919
  • Returned to her owner, 20 October 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 205 t.
  • Length 122' 6"
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 13
  • Propulsion: one 325ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: General Putnam (SP-2284), a ferry boat, was built in 1902 by Pusey & Jones, Wilmington, Del.; acquired under charter by the Navy 6 February 1918 from her owner, John E. Moore & Co., New York City; taken over 16 July 1918; and placed in service at New York City 29 July 1919.

    Assigned to the 3d Naval District, General Putnam was manned by the owner's civilian crew and was used as a ferry boat between New York Navy Yard and Ellis Island. After the Armistice, she was returned to her owner 2 October 1919.

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