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Grey Fox (SP 52)


  • Built in 1916 by Robert F. Smith and Sons for St. George Barber of Chesterfield, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy 27 May 1917 at Annapolis, MD
  • Laid up 6 June 1919 at Norfolk Naval Operating Base, VA
  • Sold 18 February 1920 to William Thewes at Norfolk
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 19 t.
  • Length 19'
  • Beam 10' 2"
  • Draft 2' 3"
  • Speed 27 kts.
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: Two 165hp 6-cylinder Sterling gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Grey Fox 123k

    The gray fox, or grey fox, is an omnivorous mammal of the family Canidae, widespread throughout North America and Central America. This species and its only congener, the diminutive island fox of the California Channel Islands, are the only living members of the genus Urocyon, which is considered to be the most basal of the living canids. Though it was once the most common fox in the eastern United States, and still is found there, human advancement and deforestation allowed the red fox to become more dominant. The Pacific States still have the gray fox as a dominant. It is the only American canid that can climb trees. Its specific epithet cinereoargenteus means "ashen silver"

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 6 November 2020
    Grey Fox 215k In port on a snowy day, circa Winter 1917-1918. Location is probably in the vicinity of Norfolk, Virginia. She is painted in Mackay type camouflage
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89748
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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