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William Johnson

Mersey Class Trawler:

  • Built in 1918 by Cochrane and Sons, Ltd., Selby, England
  • Launched 22 November 1918
  • Acquired by the U.S. Navy in the spring of 1919
  • Commissioned UST William Johnson 28 May 1919 at Grimsby, England
  • Decommissioned 8 October 1919 at Brightlingsea, England and returned to the Admiralty
  • Sold in 1921 and renamed Lord Birkenhead
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 324 t.
  • Length 138' 5"
  • Beam 23' 7"
  • Draft 12' 8"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 25
  • Armament: Small arms
  • Propulsion: One boiler, one 480ihp triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    William Johnson 111k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment" Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Valerious V. Black, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)28 May 1919
    02LT Albert Charles Fraenzel, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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