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Joseph F. Bellows (SP 323)

Call sign:
Nan - Unit - Boy - Fox

Menhaden Trawler:

  • Built in 1912 by E. J. Tull, Pocomoke City, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy 16 May 1917
  • Commissioned 18 May 1917
  • Sold 2 July 1919 to the NcNeal Dodson Co., Inc., Reedville, VA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 315 t.
  • Length 162'
    1927 - 150'
  • Beam 24'1927 - 23.9'
  • Draft 11'
    1927 - 11.3'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 37
    1927 - 29
  • Armament: One 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: One single-ended boiler, one 450hp verticle compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Joseph F. Bellows 99k Photographed prior to World War I
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 100122
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Thomas C. Christopher, USNRF18 May 1917
    02ENS David L. Haskell, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Joseph F. Bellows (SP-323), a fishing steamer built in 1912 by E. J. Tull, Pocomoke City, Md., was acquired by the Navy from Bellows and Squires, Inc., Ocran, Va., In May 1917. She commissioned 18 May 1917, Ens. T. C. Christopher, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Joseph F. Bellows operated as a mine sweeper off Cape Henry and in the convoy channel to Hampton Roads. After the armistice she acted as a lightship tender and a supply ship until being sold 2 July 1919 to NcNeal Dodson Co., Inc., Reedville, Va.

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