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Bivalve

(MB: t. 14 (gross); l. 55'0"; b. 16'8"; dr. 4'5" (forward); s. 8 k.; cpl. 10)

Bivalve--a wooden hulled oyster boat built in 1901 at Bridgeport, Conn., by the H. J. Lewis Oyster Co.--was inspected by the Navy on 28 March 1918 and ordered taken over less than a month later, on 13 April. Apparently placed “in service” instead of “in commission,” Bivalve--designated Id. No. 2472--served in the 3d Naval District for the remaining months of World War I as a tender to Berkshire (Id. No. 1578). She operated mostly in Long Island Sound, as Berkshire trained sailors in the use of paravanes for minesweeping. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 7 July 1919, and she was sold to Merritt and Chapman Wrecking Co., of New York City, on 22 July 1919.

Robert J. Cressman



6 February 2006