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Chesapeake (ID 3395)

Navy call sign:
George - Fox - Tare - Vice

Salvage Ship:

  • Built in 1900 by Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE for the New York and Baltimore Transportation Line
  • Acquired by the Navy 31 August 1918 and converted to a salvage ship at the Morse Dry Dock and Repair Co., New York
  • Commissioned USS Chesapeake (ID 3395), 22 March 1919
  • Decommissioned 25 October 1919 at Brest, France
  • Sold in England 27 October 1919 to a British salvage firm and renamed Restorer
  • Scrapped in 1937.


  • Displacement 2,000 t.
  • Length 220'
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 117
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 950hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.

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    SS Chesapeake
    Chesapeake 75k In port, prior to her World War I era Naval service, possibly when inspected by the Third Naval District on 28 March 1917
    Photographed by B.R. Roome, New York City
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101393
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Chesapeake (ID 3395)
    Chesapeake 115k At the Morse Dry Dock and Repair Company (probably in the New York City area), 3 April 1919. Also present are several tugs, among them the Dewitt C. Ivins (in the left center foreground) and the Solicitor (partially visible in the right foreground). Note the heavy boom fitted to Chesapeake's foremast to support her intended employment as a salvage ship.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 1081
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    PCULTJG Charles G. Wilcox, USNRF1918 - 22 March 1919
    01LT Melvin Chase Kent, USN22 March 1919 - 25 October 1919
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

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