|A Place Called YORKSHIP
Army Vessels of New York Shipbuilding Co.
|Last updated: 23 July 2009|
Flag is hand-inscribed "U.S. Mine Planter Mills 1909" - see detail below.
This list includes vessels built for the U.S. War Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Army. The most interesting ships on this list are the mine planters, which operated with the Coastal Artillery Service. America's coastal defenses included not only large gun batteries, but arrays of mines on the bottom at harbor entrances and in key ship channels. The mines were controlled by observers in towers, allowing friendly ships to pass in safety.
|15||Barnard||Oct 6, 1903||M||Mar 12, 1904||Jun 28, 1904||Dredge (U.S. War Department), 198' overall, 38' beam, 1300 tonnes displacement.||Built to deepen the Southwest Pass of Mississippi River. Helped in salvage of Maine. Sold to Jacksonville District for $25,000 and rebuilt as a seagoing hydraulic pipeline dredge.|
|76||General John M. Schofield||Oct 12, 1908||K||Feb 20, 1909||Jun 2, 1909||Mine planting steamer (U.S. War Department), 172' overall, 32' beam, 11'-4" draft, 2 compound-expansion steam engines||Scrapped 1947|
|77||General Royal T. Frank||Oct 20, 1908||L||Mar 15, 1909||Jun 08, 1909||Mine planting steamer (U.S. War Department), 172' overall, 32' beam, 11'-4" draft, 2 compound-expansion steam engines||Converted to inter-island transport. Torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-71 (I-171) north of Kohala, Hawaii, 29 Jan 1942. Frank sank in 30 seconds. Most of the 29 killed are Japanese-American Army recruits - Nisei.|
|75||General Samuel T. Mills
|Oct 12, 1908||K||Feb 13, 1909||May 19. 1909||
Mine planting steamer (U.S. War Department), 172' overall, 32' beam, 11'-4" draft, 2 compound-expansion steam engines
|Became cable laying ship in Coast Guard service, May 1922. Under wartime orders, reassigned to US Navy 1941-1945. Returned to USCG Jan 1946 and decommissioned Dec 1946. Scrapped 1947 by Potomac Shipwrecking, Popes Creek, MD.|
|194||General William M. Graham
|Apr 2, 1917||J||Aug 29, 1917||Jan 3, 1918||Later Panama City, 1947. Scrapped at Mobile, Oct 1948.|
|314||Pullen||Feb 23, 1926||M||Aug 18, 1926||Apr 30, 1927||Hydraulic dredge (U.S. Engineer's Office--Army Corps of Engineers)|
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