(Freighter: dp. 5,990 (f.); lbp. 268'0"; b. 45'2"; dr. 23'10"; a. 1 4")
Briarcliff (IX-3)--a wooden-hulled freighter constructed in 1919 at Portland, Maine, by the Russell Shipbuilding Co. for the United States Shipping Board (USSB)--was acquired by the Navy from the USSB on 1 January 1922 in an incomplete condition. She was loaned to the New York Naval Militia and, since she possessed neither engines nor boilers, served that organization as a floating armory. That duty lasted until 25 November 1938 when she sank at her moorings as a result of a rotting hull. Later raised and inspected, she was declared unserviceable. Briarcliff was towed to deep water and sunk on 29 December 1938. Her name was struck from the Navy list that same day.
Raymond A. Mann
7 December 2005