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John Graham

 

A former name retained.

 

(Tr: dp. 500; l. 135; b. 22'; dr. 14'5"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 15; a. none; cl. Castle)

 

John Graham, a British trawler, was leased by the Navy and commissioned 30 May 1919 at Grimsby, England, Lt. L. H. Ackerman, USNRP, in command. The following day she departed for Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland, to join the minesweeping force responsible for clearing the

 

Northern Mine Barrage, which had been laid down in the North Sea to protect Allied shipping. John Graham sailed from Kirkwall 8 June and commenced minesweeping operations with William Darnold throughout the western half of the mine fields. She was responsible for destroying and sinking scores of mines; on 9 July, alone, she exploded 32 mines. John Graham departed Kirkwall 9 August and steamed to Brightingsea, England, where she decommissioned 12 August and was returned to her owners.