USS Comber (SP-344)
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin|
|Commissioned:||19 April 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owners 2 April 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as commercial fishing trawler Comber 1916-1917 and from 1919|
|Tonnage:||303 gross tons|
|Length:||143 ft (44 m)|
|Beam:||22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 5 in (4.09 m)|
|Installed power:||600 indicated horsepower (0.45 megawatt)|
|Propulsion:||Steam engine, one shaft|
Comber was built in 1916 as a commercial fishing trawler of the same name by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The U.S. Navy chartered Comber in 1917 for World War I service and commissioned her as USS Comber (SP-344) on 19 April 1917 with Lieutenant M. F. Powers, USNRF, in command.
Fitted out as a minesweeper, Comber carried out minesweeping operations along the coast of New England in the 1st Naval District and 2nd Naval District, carried supplies, and patrolled in the Newport, Rhode Island, area. During the spring and summer of 1918, Comber made two voyages to Bermuda, convoying submarine chasers. After a brief tour of minesweeping in the 4th Naval District off Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware, Comber moved to Boston, Massachusetts to resume minesweeping operations off New England.
The Navy returned Comber to her owners on 2 April 1919.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Comber (SP-344), 1917-1919
- NavSource Onlline: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Comber (SP 344)