USS W. F. Babcock (ID-1239)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS W. F. Babcock
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: A. Sewall and Company, Bath, Maine
Launched: 1882
Acquired: 18 October 1917
Commissioned: 8 November 1917
Struck: 20 November 1919
Fate: Sold 20 November 1919
Notes: Operated as seagoing barge before her U.S. Navy service
General characteristics
Type: Collier
Tonnage: 2,128 long tons (2,162 t) gross
Length: 240 ft 10 in (73.41 m)
Beam: 43 ft 9 in (13.34 m)
Draft: 26 ft 8 in (8.13 m) mean
19 ft 4 in (5.89 m) dph
Sail plan: Schooner-rigged
Complement: 6
Armament: None

USS W. F. Babcock (ID-1239) was a collier that served in the United States Navy from 1917-1919.

W. F. Babcock was a wooden-hulled, schooner-rigged barge launched in 1882 at Bath, Maine by A. Sewall and Company. She was acquired by the U.S. Navy from the Luckenbach Steamship Company on 18 October 1917 for service in World War I. Given Id. No. 1239 and commissioned on 8 November 1917, W. F. Babcock operated as a collier at the 5th Naval District until 8 August 1918, when she was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS). Plying the United States East Coast between New England and Norfolk, Virginia. W. F. Babcock served as a coastwise collier through the end of World War I. Reassigned to the 1st Naval District on 15 August 1919, she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 20 November and simultaneously sold to Reinhard and Hall. Her name disappeared from the shipping registers about that time. Sailing in the Golden Gate it appears on the 20 cent postage stamp issued in 1923.

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