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Merchant (SP 2313)

Passenger Steamer:

  • Built in 1904 by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 March 1918 and commissioned the same day
  • Returned to her owner 3 April 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 350 t.
  • Length 131'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 6' 9"
  • Speed 8.6 kts.
  • Complement 22
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, two 250hp vertical compound steam engines, two shafts.
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    Merchant 78k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 102030
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Merchant (SP-2313), a twin-screw passenger steamer, was built by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1904; chartered by the Navy from her owner 21 March 1918; and commissioned for duty in the 3d Naval District, Ens. H. C. Lance, USNRF, in command.

    Merchant served as a patrol and passenger launch during the remaining months of World War I. She operated in harbor and coastal waters until 3 April 1919 when she was returned to Merchants Transportation Co.

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