USS Virginian (1904)
SS Virginian prior to her U.S. Navy service.
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Acquired:||Probably late 1917|
|Commissioned:||Probably early 1918|
|Struck:||12 May 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 12 May 1919|
|Notes:||Served as commercial tug SS Blue Bell or SS Blue Belle and SS Virginian 1904-1917 and as SS Virginian from 1919|
|Tonnage:||179 register tons|
|Length:||90 ft 0 in (27.43 m)|
|Beam:||21 ft 0 in (6.40 m)|
|Draft:||7 ft 9 in (2.36 m) (mean)|
Virginian was built as the commercial tug Blue Bell or Blue Belle in 1904 at Camden, New Jersey. She subsequently was renamed SS Virginian. The U.S. Navy acquired her for World War I service from her owner, the Southern Transportation Company, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania probably sometime in late 1917. The Navy apparently commissioned her sometime in early 1918 as USS Virginian.
On 12 May 1919, Virginian was returned to the Southern Transportation Company and her name was stricken from the Navy List.
Unlike most commercial ships commissioned into U.S. Navy service during World War I, Virginian never received a naval registry Identification Number (Id. No.).
- 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: Civilian Ships: Virginian (American Steam Tug, 1904). Previously named Blue Bell. Served as USS Virginian in 1918-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Virginian