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Stephen R. Jones (ID 4526)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Fox - Quack - Dog

Pierce Class Collier:

  • Built in 1915 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Delivered 11 November 1915
  • Acquired by the Navy 2 May 1918 at Philadelphia, PA
  • Commissioned 3 May 1918
  • Decommissioned 8 March 1919 at Newport News, VA and returned to her owner
  • Grounded and wrecked 28 June 1942 in the Cape Cod Canal.


  • Displacement 10,200 t.
  • Length 354' 2"
  • Beam 49'
  • Draft 23'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: Two 3/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,700ihp verticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Stephen R. Jones 68k Photographed before her Navy service wearing the funnel markings of her first owner, the Crowell and Thurlow Steamship Co.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 65059
    Robert Hurst
    Stephen R. Jones 90k Post card that was postmarked on 28 October 1921
    Photo from
    Stephen R. Jones 16k c. June 1942
    Wrecked in the Cape Cod Canal
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR James H. MacKenzie, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Stephen R. Jones was built in 1915 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, Va. The ship was owned and operated by the Boston firm, Crowell Thurlow, as the cargo ship SS Stephen R. Jones. She was acquired by the Navy at Philadelphia, Pa., on 3 May 1918 and commissioned as a Naval Overseas Transportation Service ship. She was immediately refitted for naval service; loaded with a cargo of Army supplies; and ordered to Norfolk.

    Stephen R. Jones joined a convoy at Hampton Roads and sailed for France on the 18th. She arrived at Brest on 5 June but, due to the congestion of shipping there, was routed to Bordeaux to off-load her cargo. She returned to Philadelphia on 10 July; loaded supplies, and returned to St. Nazaire on 18 August. After unloading, she moved to Le Verdon for ballast and departed there with a convoy on 25 August bound for Philadelphia. The cargo ship made two more round trips to France and arrived at Philadelphia from the latter on 3 March 1919.

    Stephen R. Jones was routed to Virginia; and, on 8 March 1919, she was decommissioned and returned to her owner at Newport News.

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