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Merchant (SP 2313)

Built in 1904 by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, PA; Acquired by the Navy, 21 March 1918 and commissioned Merchant
(SP 2313)
; Decommissioned, (date unknown); Struck from the Navy Register, 4 September 1931; Returned to her owner, 3 April 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 350 t.; Length 131'; Beam 27'; Draft 6' 9"; Speed 9 kts.; Complement 22; Armament none; Propulsion steam, two shafts.
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Merchant 78k Photographed prior to World War I.
USN Photograph NH 102030
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Merchant (SP-2313), a twin-screw passenger steamer, was built by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1904; chartered by the Navy from her owner 21 March 1918; and commissioned for duty in the 3d Naval District, Ens. H. C. Lance, USNRF, in command.

Merchant served as a patrol and passenger launch during the remaining months of World War I. She operated in harbor and coastal waters until 3 April 1919 when she was returned to Merchants Transportation Co.
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