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  • Built in 1896 as James McCauley by John H. Dialogue and Sons, Camden, NJ
  • Renamed Arabian in 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 October 1918
  • Placed in service as USS Arabian 5 November 1918
  • Placed out of service 31 January 1919, struck from the Navy Register and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 92 t.
  • Length 87'
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement: Seven
  • Propulsion: One Marine leg. boiler, one 500hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Arabian 122k Underway with Navy personnel on board. Probably taken in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area during her brief Naval service, circa November 1918 - January 1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 57629
    Naval Historical Center

    View the Arabian
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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