USS George P. Squires (SP-303)
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|Name:||USS George P. Squires|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Henry Brusster, Baltimore, Maryland|
12 May 1917 (purchased)|
21 May 1917 (delivered)
|Commissioned:||21 May 1917|
|Decommissioned:||27 July 1918|
|Fate:||Sold 23 October 1918|
|Notes:||Served as civilian fishing vessel George P. Squires 1900-1917|
|Type:||Patrol vessel and minesweeper|
|Length:||142 ft 6 in (43.43 m)|
|Beam:||22 ft (6.7 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
George P. Squires was built as a civilian fishing steamer of the same name in 1900 by Henry Brusster at Baltimore, Maryland. The U.S. Navy purchased her for World War I service as a patrol vessel and minesweeper from her owner, Bellows and Squires, Inc., of Ocran, Virginia, on 12 May 1917. Bellows and Squires delivered her to the Navy on 21 May 1917, and she was commissioned the same day as USS George P. Squires (SP-303) with Ensign James B. McKenny, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to the 5th Naval District, George P. Squires served as a harbor patrol boat at Norfolk, Virginia. In addition, she swept for naval mines in the defensive sea area of Chesapeake Bay and patrolled the Virginia coast off Cape Henry.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive George P. Squires (SP 303)