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USCGC Pequot
Palmer (SP-319) (1917-1918)
J.A. Palmer (SP-319) (1917)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Rush - Jig

Call sign (1919):
Nan - Able - Vice - King

J. A. Palmer served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard


  • Built by Jackson and Sharp, Wilmington, DE
  • Completed for C.E. Davis Packing Co., Reedville, VA, as menhaden fishing steamer J. A. Palmer, Jr. (ON 208631), 1911
  • Acquired by the Navy, 29 March 1917
  • Commissioned USS J. A. Palmer (SP 319), 07 April 1917
  • Name shortened to Palmer, 28 July 1917
  • Assigned as patrol vessel, Fifth Naval District
  • Fitted with cable equipment and loaned to the Coast Guard, February 1918
  • Name dropped to avoid confusion with Palmer (Destroyer No. 161), 17 January 1919
  • Permanently transferred to the Coast Guard at Curtis Bay, MD, 13 October 1919
  • Renamed USCGC Pequot, 12 November 1919
  • Decommissioned, 11 May 1922
  • Sold to the McNeal Edwards Co., Reedsville, VA as Pequot for $17,000, 08 August 1922
  • Sold and registered under Honduran flag, 1944
  • Final disposition, fate unknown


  • Displacement 276 tons displacement, 282 gross tons, 192 net tons
  • Length 144' 2" waterline, 155' 0" overall
  • Beam 22' 5"
  • Draft 9'6"
  • Speed 12 knots
  • Complement 33
  • Armament Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion
    One single ended boiler
    one vertical compound expansion steam engine (16" 33" x 26")
    one shaft, 450hp

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    81k John Armistead Palmer, Jr. of Fleeton, Virginia was the namesake of SP-319. Born in Kilmarnock, Virginia, 07 May 1877, Palmer spent his early years as a fisherman in Wicomico and Fleeton. In 1911, he was the manager of C.E. Davis Packing Company when they launched their newest vessel as his namesake. An innovative menhaden fisherman, Palmer pioneered many practices that would later become industry standards: refrigerated holds, oil burning over coal, and the use of packing plant scrap as livestock feed. He also convinced the Navy to loan a flying boat to scout fish schools off the coast. he ided in Baltimore, Maryland, 06 September 1931 and is buried in Kilmarnock. George Edwards, Fleeton VA
    Commercial Service
    337k Three views of J.A. Palmer, Jr. as completed on the Christina River the Jackson and Sharp yard, Wilmington, DE, 1911.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 100226 and Delaware Public Archives
    Robert Hurst & Dave Wright

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