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John Clay

Strath Class Trawler:

  • Built in 1917 at Alexander Hall and Co., Aberdeen, Scotland for the Royal Navy
  • Launched 16 November 1917
  • Completed 14 January 1918
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy and commissioned UST John Clay 15 May 1919
  • Decommissioned 12 August 1919 and returned to the Admiralty
  • Sold in 1921 to Don Fishing Co., Ltd. of Aberdeen and renamed Braconash
  • Sold in 1930 to Great Western Fishing Co., Ltd. of Aberdeen
  • Sunk 29 April 1932 after a collision with the Aberdeen Trawler Strathlethen off Aberdeen.


  • Displacement 433 t.
  • Length 127'
  • Beam 21' 6"
  • Draft 14' 4"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 18
  • Armament: Small arms
  • Propulsion: One boiler, one 430ihp triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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