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Spray (ID 2491)

Patrick J. O'Hara call sign (1931):
King - Vice - Dog - Negative

Call sign (1933):
William - Mike - Dog - Xray

Foam Class Trawler:

  • Built in 1905 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Quincy, MA for the Bay State Fishing Co. of Boston, MA
  • Purchased in 1917 by the Russian Government
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 May 1918 from representatives of the Russian Government
  • Commissioned USS Spray (ID 2491), 1 June 1918
  • Decommissioned 4 March 1919 returned to the Russian Government and sold
  • Registered in 1931 to the O'Hara Brothers Co. of Boston as the Cod fishing boat Patrick J. O'Hara
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 500 t.
    1931 - 290 t.
  • Length 126' 6"
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 10' 6"
    1931 - 12.9'
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 27
    1931 - 21
  • Armament: One 6-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 450hp verticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Trawler Spray
    Foam 79k Tied up together, probably prior to their World War I Navy service. These trawlers, previously owned by the Bay State Fishing Company, of Boston, were chartered by the Navy from representatives of the Russian Government in May 1918 and later commissioned as USS Foam (ID 2496), USS Ripple (ID 2439) and USS Spray (ID 2491)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102236
    Naval Historical Center
    Spray 79k In port, probably prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102237
    Trawler Patrick J. O'Hara
    Patrick J. O'Hara 110k c. February 1931
    Docking at fish pier
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS George W. Caddell, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Spray, a steam trawler built in 1905 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co. at Quincy, Mass., was chartered from the Russian government in 1918. Taken over by the Commandant of the 3d Naval District on 29 May 1918, she served in the district until 4 March 1919 at which time she was returned to the Russians.

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