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HMS Old Colony (N 62)
ex-USS Old Colony (SP 1254)

Passenger Steamer:

  • Built in 1907 by William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 26 June 1907
  • Acquired by the Navy 12 November 1917 and commissioned USS Old Colony (SP 1254) the same day for passage across the Atlantic. Upon her arrival in Great Britain she was decommissioned and
    turned over to the Royal Navy, which commissioned her as HMS Old Colony (N 62) in June 1918
  • Conversion to a minelayer was underway but incomplete when the war ended. She was to have the capacity of 300 mines
  • Sold in March 1920
  • Scrapped in 1922.


  • Displacement 3,800 t.
  • Length 395'
  • Beam 52' 2"
  • Draft 16'
  • Speed 22 kts.
  • Propulsion: Eight single ended and vertical auxiliary boiler, three 2,600hp Parsons steam turbines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Old Colony 111k Probably photographed about 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102068
    Naval Historical Center
    Old Colony 104k Photographed in port, circa 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102069
    Old Colony 104k Tied up in port, circa 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102070

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Perrott, USNRF12 November 1917 - 13 June 1918
    Commanding Officers
    02LCDR James Barry, RN, Ret.13 June 1918 17 May 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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