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Thomas Laundry

Castle Class Trawler:

  • Built in 1918 by Cook, Welton, and Gemmell, Ltd., Beverly, England
  • Launched 27 November 1918
  • Leased to the U.S. Navy 16 May 1919 at Falmouth, England and commissioned UST Thomas Laundry the same day
  • Decommissioned 8 October 1919 at Brighton, England and returned to the Admiralty
  • Sold 11 May 1920 and renamed Teesbay
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 269 t.
  • Length 125' 4"
  • Beam 22' 5"
  • Draft 12' 2"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 18
  • Armament: One 12-pounder
  • Propulsion: One boiler, one 480ihp triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Thomas Laundry 121k Photo from "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage by the U.S. Navy North Sea Minesweeping Detachment" Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Franz Otto Willenbucher, USN - USNA Class of 1918
    Awarded the Legion of Merit - Retired as Captain
    16 May 1919
    02LTJG Harry DeBarr, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1920)1919 - 1 July 1919
    03LTJG George F. Evanson, USN1 July 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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