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George F. Pierce (SP 648)

Freight Steamer:

  • Built in 1914 by William G. Abbott, Milford, CT
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 February 1918
  • Decommissioned 17 March 1922 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Sold 5 June 1922
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 252 t.
  • Length 129' 8"
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 8' (aft)
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 23
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 250hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    George F. Pierce 211k Ship's crew poses on her deck, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, circa 1918-1919. The officer on the left is believed to be the commanding officer, LT Dudley N. West, USNRF
    Photographed by LaTour
    U.S. Navy photo NH3029
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Dudley N. West, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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