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Lowell

 

A former name retained.

 

(SP‑504: t. 249; l. 119'4"; b. 29'; dr. 9'; s. 9 k.; cpl. 20; a. none)

 

Lowell, a steam lighter, was built in 1909 by Verdin’s Yard, Staten Island, N.Y.; rebuilt in 1917 as a steam tug by Shewan’s Dry Dock Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.; acquired by the Navy under charter 29 September 1917 from her owner, Neptune Line, Inc., New York City; and taken over and commissioned the same day at Tompkinsville, N.Y., Chief Boatswain’s Mate H. H. Graves, USNRF, in command.

 

Assigned to the 3rd Naval District, Lowell throughout World War I operated out of New York harbor as a dispatch and harbor patrol craft. In addition she swept for mines in the New York Narrows and off southern Long Island. After the Armistice, she decommissioned 16 May 1919 and was returned to her owner the same day.