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McKeever Bros. (SP 683)

Menhaden Trawler/Minesweeper/Patrol:

  • Built in 1911 by Robert Palmerand Sons, Noank, CT
  • Commissioned USS McKeever Bros. (SP 683), 5 May 1917 but not acquired by the Navy until 18 May 1917
  • Struck from the Navy list 22 March 1918
  • Sold 1 July 1919
  • Acquired by Otis Smith of Lewes, DE
  • Registered in 1926 to the Seaboard Oil and Guano Co. (VA) of Reedville, VA as a fishing boat
  • Acquired in 1969 by a corporation of five men, headed by George Spana, converted into a floating restaurant in Seaford, DE and renamed Flagship
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 223 t.
  • Length 136'
    1926 - 128'
  • Beam 24'
    1926 - 22.2'
  • Draft 12'
    1926 0 10'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 22
    1926 - 10
  • Armament: Two 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: One Marine leg boiler, one 400hp verticle compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    USS McKeever Bros. (SP 683)
    McKeever Brothers 103k Off Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during World War I. In the extreme left background is USS Emerald (SP-177)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 55839
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    McKeever Brothers 83k In the Delaware River during World War I
    National Archives photo 19-N-6051
    McKeever Brothers 78k Post card caption:

    The Flagship Nanticoke Queen

    "The McKeever Bros." built at Noank, Conn., in 1911, of the finest northern pine and oak, saw service as a trawler most of her life and served her country during World War II on submarine patrol. Now this sturdy old ship, renamed the "Flagship", after extensive remodeling into a restaurant serves fine steaks, seafood and cocktails in a setting enhanced by mellowed old wooden beams and planking, brass fittings and soft music, Truly a "Red Carpet" setting!

    Tommy Trampp
    McKeever Brothers 389k 15 August 2018
    Seaford, DE
    Mark Blair

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Harvey Gideon Cramer, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan
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