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Josephus (SP 3065)

Coastwise Collier/Seagoing Barge:

  • Built in 1876 by E. Haggett, Newcastle, ME
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 October 1917
  • Commissioned 8 November 1917
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 June 1919
  • Sold 11 September 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,340 t.
  • Length 229'
  • Beam 39' 2"
  • Draft 20' 8"
  • Complement: Six
  • Non-self propelled.
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    Josephus 42k Photographed circa 1917 or earlier, prior to her acquisition by the Navy
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101838
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Josephus was built in 1876 by E. Haggett, of Newcastle, Maine, and purchased by the Navy from Luckenbach Steamship Co., 18 October 1917. She commissioned 8 November 1917 and immediately began collier duties in the 3d Naval District. She was assigned to Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) 8 August 1918 and operated with the coastwise collier service from Norfolk to New England ports.

    Josephus was detached from NOTS 27 March 1919 to take up peacetime collier duties in the 5th Naval District. She was stricken from the Navy List 13 June 1919 and sold to the Neptune Line 11 September 1919.

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