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San Joaquin

Schooner Barge/Coastwise Collier:

  • Built in 1876 by E. C. Soule, Freeport, ME
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 October 1917
  • Commissioned 8 August 1918
  • Struck from the Navy list 13 June 1919
  • Sold 11 September 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,551 t.
  • Length 219' 9"
  • Beam 41' 7"
  • Depth of hold 24' 2"
  • Complement: Six
  • Non-self propelled.
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    San Joaquin 53k Photographed circa 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65069
    Naval Historical Center
    San Joaquin 77k Moored alongside another barge, circa 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102177

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:

    San Joaquin

    A river in central California.

    The first San Joaquin, a wooden, schooner-rigged barge, built during 1876 at Freeport, Maine, was purchased during 1918 by the Navy from the Luckenbach Steam Ship Co., and placed in service on 8 August 1918, Chief Boatswain's Mate John J. Miller in charge.

    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service as a non-self-propelled lighter, San Joaquin made seven round-trip voyages between Norfolk and New England ports transporting coal. During these operations, San Joaquin was towed by the tugs Allegheny, Billow, Mohave, Pensacola, and Sagamore. She was detached on 27 March 1919 and assigned to local duty within the 5th Naval District. San Joaquin was struck from the Navy list on 13 June 1919 and sold on 11 September 1919 to the Neptune Line of New York, N.Y.

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