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W. F. Babcock

 

(Seagoing Barge: t. 2,128 (gross); l. 240'10"; b. 43'9"; dr. 26'8" (mean); dph. 19'4"; cpl. 6; a. none)

 

W. F. Babcock—a wooden-hulled, schooner-rigged barge launched in 1882 at Bath, Maine, by A. Sewall and Co.—was acquired by the Navy from the Luckenbach Steamship Co. on 18 October 1917. Given Id. No. 1239 and commissioned on 8 November, W. F. Bibcock operated as a collier at the 5th Naval District until 8 August 1918, when she was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. Plying the eastern seaboard between New England and Norfolk, 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 Navy list on 20 November 1919 and simultaneously sold to Reinhard and Hall. Her name disappeared from the shipping registers about that time.