A former name retained.
(ScStr: t. 350; l. 131'; b. 27'; dr. 6'9"; s. 9 k.; cpl. 22; a. none)
Merchant (SP‑2313), a twin‑screw passenger steamer, was built by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1904; chartered by the Navy from her owner 21 March 1918; and commissioned for duty in the 3d Naval District, Ens. H. C. Lance, USNRF, in command.
Merchant served as a patrol and passenger launch during the remaining months of World War I. She operated in harbor and coastal waters until 3 April 1919 when she was returned to Merchants Transportation Co.