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General Putnam (SP 2284)

Ferry Boat:

  • Built in 1902 by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, DE for C. H. Holmes
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 February 1918
  • Placed in service 29 July 1918
  • Struck from the Navy Register and returned to her owner 1 October 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 205 t.
  • Length 122' 7"
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 8' 6"
  • Speed 10.4 kts.
  • Complement 13
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 350hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    General Putnam 155k Photographed before Naval service in World War I, probably by Pusey and Jones, Wilmington, Delaware
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96231
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:General Putnam (SP-2284), a ferry boat, was built in 1902 by Pusey & Jones, Wilmington, Del.; acquired under charter by the Navy 6 February 1918 from her owner, John E. Moore & Co., New York City; taken over 16 July 1918; and placed in service at New York City 29 July 1919.

    Assigned to the 3d Naval District, General Putnam was manned by the owner's civilian crew and was used as a ferry boat between New York Navy Yard and Ellis Island. After the Armistice, she was returned to her owner 2 October 1919.

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