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Hubbard (SP 416)

Call sign (1919):
George - Sail - Quack - Fox

Call sign (1927):
Love - Cast - Jig - Dog

Call sign (1933):
King - Jig - Cast - Hypo


  • Built in 1911 as B. H. B. Hubbard by the Harlan and Hollingsworth Corp., Wilmington, DE
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 May 1917
  • Renamed Hubbard in July 1917
  • Commissioned USS Hubbard (SP 416), 10 August 1917
  • Delivered to the Navy 31 August 1917
  • Decommissioned 18 October 1919 at Brest, France
  • Sold 25 October 1919
  • Registered in 1927 to the Taft Fish Co. of Taft, VA
  • Registered in 1933 to Edward Renneberg and Sons Co. of Baltimore, MD as the fishing boat B. H. B. Hubbard
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 400 t.
    1927 - 275 t.
    1933 - 276 t.
  • Length 155'
    1927 - 151.5'
    1933 - 141.5'
  • Beam 22'
    1927 - 22.8'
  • Draft 8' 6"
    1927 - 11.3'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 38
    1927 - 29
    1933 - 29
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 475hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Hubbard 283k In port, probably at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, circa summer 1917. Note the camouflage applied to her bow, and the elaborately camouflaged ship partially visible at right
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99079
    Original photo: Naval Historical Center
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Anderton 46k Off Lorient, France, probably during a review of U.S. and French ships on 29 November 1918. Four of these ships are identified as Hubbard, USS Anderton (SP-530), USS Lewes (SP-383) and USS James (SP-429). Hubbard is in the foreground, wearing the number "8." Anderton is the third ship from the front (only partially visible), with her smokestack immediately behind her pilothouse
    U.S.Navy photo NH 44900
    Naval Historical Center
    Lewes 98k During a review of U.S. and French ships in Lorient harbor, France, 29 November 1918. The ship at left is Hubbard. USS Anderton (SP-530) is in the center, with her smokestack immediately behind her pilothouse. Probably also present are USS Lewes (SP 383) and USS James (SP-429)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 53596
    Hubbard 139k During a review of U.S. and French ships in Lorient harbor, France, 29 November 1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 53597
    Hubbard 318k Anchored off Lorient, France, circa 1918. She has the numeral "8" painted on her bow. Two other "Menhaden Fisherman" type minesweepers are nested together in the background
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2011
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107335
    Robert Hurst
    Hubbard 164k c. 1918
    Hubbard crew photo
    Somewhere in France
    Pointed out is Seaman 2c Herbert Bray, Stephen Essex's maternal Grandfather, who died in 1927. He also served on the old New Jersey [BB 16] and the Minnesota [BB 24].
    Stephen J. Essex

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Edgar S. Husband, USNRF1 August 1917
    02LT Frederick Muller, USN - Awarded the Medal of Honor (1901) and the Navy Cross (1920)
    Retired as Lieutenant Commander
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: B. H. B. Hubbard was built in 1911 by Harlan and Hollingsworth Corp., Wilmington, Del., as a trawler; purchased by the Navy 8 June 1917; and commissioned 1 August 1917, Lieutenant (junior grade) E. S. Husband USNRF, in command.

    B. H. B. Hubbard was fitted out as a minesweeper and assigned to the 4th Squadron, Patrol Force. She departed New York 3 October for France, sailing via the Azores. Attached to Patrol Force, European Waters, she swept mines and escorted convoys off the French coast until April 1919. She departed Brest, France, 27 April 1919 to return to the United States but was forced back by bad weather. Transferred to the 4th Patrol Force she served as a cargo vessel in French waters until decommissioned at Brest 18 October 1919. B. H. B. Hubbard was sold 25 October 1919.

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