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Bivalve (ID 2472)


  • Built in 1901 by the H. J. Lewis Oyster Co., Bridgeport, CT
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 April 1918
  • Commissioned USS Bivalve (ID 2472), 10 May 1918
  • Struck from the Naval Register 7 July 1919
  • Sold 19 July 1919
  • Registered in 1933 to the Merritt-Chapman and Scott Corp. of New York, NY as the passenger vessel/tug Caddie
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 36 t.
    1933 - 14 t.
  • Length 55'
    1933 - 48.2'
  • Beam 16' 9"
  • Draft 4' 6"
    1933 - 4'
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Complement: Six
    1933 - Two
  • Propulsion: One 4-cylinder 50hp Globe gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Oyster Boat Bivalve
    Bivalve 76k Photographed prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 94206
    Naval Historical Center
    Bivalve 87k In port, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 95889
    Tugboat Carrie
    Bivalve 36k Portside view of tugboat Caddie
    Photo by Merritt & Chapman Derrick & Wrecking Co.
    Mystic Seaport Museum - Collections and Research
    Photo added 20 November 2021

    History: Bivalve, a 55-foot motor boat built in 1901, was employed in the Long Island Sound area for harvesting oysters. She was taken over by the Navy in April 1918, placed in service as Bivalve
    (ID 2472)
    , and used as a tender to USS Berkshire (ID 1578). No longer needed as the Navy drew down its forces after World War I, Bivalve was sold in July 1919.

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