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Governor R. M. McLane (SP 1328)


  • Built in 1884 by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Acquired by the Navy in August 1917
  • Commissioned 6 August 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 24 September 1918
  • Returned to her owner 30 November 1918
  • The Governor McLane, as of February 2003 rests partially submerged next to the docks of the Downtown Sailing Center (a community based sailing organization) on the grounds of the
    Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore, MD. The deckhouse is gone, but the deck is still visible.


  • Displacement 144 t.
  • Length 120'
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 6' 9"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Armament: One 1-pounder.
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    Governor R. M. McLane 91k Photographed prior to World War I
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 100246
    Robert Hurst
    PT-19 166k Governor R. M. McLane in the foreground with PT-19 underway at speed during trials in late 1940-early 1941, before being assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Two
    Life Magazine Archives - Thomas McAvoy Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    Mike Green

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Governor R. M. McLane, a steamboat, was built in 1884 by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, Pa., and was acquired by the Navy from the Maryland State Conservation Commission in August 1917. She commissioned 6 August 1917 at Norfolk, Va., Ens. S. [Swepson] Earle, USNRF, in command.

    Governor R. M. McLane was assigned to the 5th Naval District, and served as a patrol craft in Chesapeake Bay. Her cruising grounds included Baltimore Harbor, the Patuxent and Severn Rivers, and Tangier Sound. During November 1918 she was used briefly as a towing boat by Naval Proving Ground, Indian Head, Md., and was returned to her owner 30 November 1918.

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