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Billow (ID 1704)

Civilian call sign:
Love - Dog - Fox - George

Yacht Trawler/Minesweeper:

  • The second Billow was built in 1912 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA
  • Launched 2 July 1912
  • Delivered 15 August 1913
  • Acquired by the Navy 13 June 1918
  • Commissioned 29 June 1918
  • Decommissioned 30 November 1918, struck from the Navy list and returned to her owners
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 450 t.
  • Length 119' 8"
  • Beam 22' 6"
  • Draft 12' 9"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 35
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 450hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Billow 129k Hauled out of the water, prior to her World War I Naval service. Note the "B" on her smokestack, representing her owner, the Bay State Fishing Company of Boston, Massachusetts
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100251
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