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Edwards (SP 315)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Pup - Watch

ex-Wilbert A. Edwards (SP 315)

Wilbert A. Edwards call sign (1948):
William - Charlie - William - Baker


  • Built in 1911 by M. M. Davis, Solomons Island, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 May 1917
  • Commissioned Wilbert A. Edwards (SP 315), 10 August 1917 at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA
  • Renamed Edwards in 1918
  • Decommissioned 21 August 1919 at Boston, MA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 24 September 1919 and sold to her previous owner, the W. A. Edwards Corp. of Reedville, VA
  • Registered in 1948 to Menhaden Products Co., Inc. of White Stone, VA as the fishing boat Wilbert A. Edwards
  • Continued in merchant service into the late 1940s
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 596 t.
    1927 - 301 t.
    1948 - 317 t.
  • Length 160'
    1927 - 143.4'
  • Beam 23' 10"
    1927 - 24'
  • Draft 10'
    1927 - 11.6'
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 36
    1927 - 29
    1948 - 24
  • Armament: One 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 500hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Wilbert A. Edwards 381k At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia on 18 August 1917. Her camouflage, appears to be nearly identical to that painted on USS Courtney (SP-375)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 75514
    Robert Hurst
    Wilbert A. Edwards 374k At the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, circa 1919, while serving in the First Naval District. The stern of USCGC Acushnet is at left
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89434

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