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Macomber (SP 980)


  • Built in 1913 as B. F. Macomber by Robert Palmer and Son, Noank, CT for Macomber and Nickerson of Tiverton, RI
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 April 1917 and commissioned USS Macomber (SP 980) 11 June 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 5 July 1919
  • Sold 18 July 1919 to her previous owner and renamed B. F. Macomber
  • Sold 8 March 1921 to the Consolidated Fisheries Co, of Wilmington, DE
  • Registered in 1927 to W. A. Eubanks, Sr. of Kilmarnock, VA as the fishing boat B. F. Macomber
  • Registered in 1946 to Consolidated Fisheries of Lewes, DE
  • Rammed by the SS Henry B. Brown and sank 20 July 1946 north of Harbor Refuge Light, Cape Henlopen, DE.


  • Displacement 180 t.
    1927 - 268 t.
  • Length 138' 7"
    1927 - 138.1'
  • Beam 22' 8"
    1927 - 22.4'
  • Draft 9'
    1927 - 11.8'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 33
    1927 - 30
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 450hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    B. F. Macomber 107k c. April 1919
    Moored at T. A. Scott Co., New London, CT
    Mariners Museum and Park website

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