USS Spray (ID-2491)
Spray, probably prior to her U.S. Navy service.
|Career (United States)||100x35px|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Acquired:||29 May 1918|
|Commissioned:||1 June 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 4 March 1919|
|Notes:||Served as civilian fishing trawler Spray 1905-1917|
|Type:||Naval trawler (minesweeper)|
|Tonnage:||283 gross tons|
|Length:||126 ft 6 in (38.56 m)|
|Beam:||22 ft (6.7 m)|
|Draft:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m) mean|
|Sail plan:||Steam engine|
1 x 6-pounder gun|
2 x machine guns
Spray was built as a civilian fishing trawler in 1905 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company at Quincy, Massachusetts. In 1917, the Russian Empire purchased Spray and the trawlers Foam and Ripple from the Bay State Fishing Company of Boston, Massachusetts, intending to place them in Imperial Russian Navy service during World War I, but the outbreak of the Russian Revolution that year prevented the three ships from leaving the United States.
On 29 May 1918, the U.S. Navy chartered all three ships from the Russian Government for World War I use. Spray was assigned Identification Number (Id. No.) 2491, placed under the control of the Commandant, 3rd Naval District, and commissioned on 1 June 1918 as USS Spray (ID-2491).
Spray was decommissioned in 1919 and returned to the Russian government on 4 March 1919.
Spray should not be confused with USS Spray II (SP-308), a motorboat ordered delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1917 for use as a patrol vessel but which the Navy never took over.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Navy History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Spray (American Steam Trawler, 1905). Served as USS Spray (ID # 2491) in 1918-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Spray (ID 2491)