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USS Curlew

The USS Curlew
Unfortunately - this is the only picture (found so far) in the National Archives of USS Curlew -
whose stern is the third from the right.

950 Built / Launched ? / 8/29/1918
Length 187'10" Built By Staten Island Shipbuilding Co. N. Y.
Beam 35'6" Class Lapwing
Draft 9'10" Commisioned 1/7/1919
Speed (rated) 14.0kts Decommissioned 2/28/1926
Compliment 72 Disposition Shipwrecked, abandoned
The second Curlew (AM-8) was launched 29 August 1918 by Staten Island Shipbuilding Co. N. Y.; sponsored by Mrs. G. C. Rhodes; and commissioned 7 January 1919, Lieutenant J. McCloy in command.

Clearing Boston 5 April 1919 Curlew arrived at Inverness, Scotland, 20 April and was fitted out for experimental minesweeping out of Kirkwall, the Orkney Islands base for operations in the North Sea minefields. She sailed for home 2 October, calling at Chatham, England; Brest, France; Lisbon, Portugal; the Azores; and Bermuda, and reaching New York 19 November. Arriving at Portsmouth Navy Yard 26 November 1919, she was placed in ordinary 16 November 1920 without a crew.

In commission from 29 December 1920 to 7 February 1921, Curlew served with the Atlantic Fleet, then returned to reserve at Portsmouth. Recommissioned 29 October 1921, she cruised to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in the first 4 months of 1922 to give support to the ships training there, then sailed north to New London to serve as submarine tender until September. Between September and February 1923, she operated with submarines in Chesapeake Bay and off the Virginia coast.

Reassigned to the 15th Naval District, Curlew reported at Coco Solo, C.Z., 6 August 1923. Besides acting as tender for seaplanes, she carried out rescue and salvage operations from Coco Solo. On 15 December 1925, Curlew grounded on the rocks at point Mosquito, Panama. Determined efforts were made to save her, but the heavy surf pounded her to pieces. She was decommissioned 28 February 1926, after all salvageable material was removed.

History from the Dictionary of American Fighting Ships.

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