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Seneca

 

An Indian tribe of the Iroquois confederation formerly living in New York state.

 

IV

 

(SP-1240: t. 2,208; 1. 283'7"; b. 42'; dr. 22'6")

 

The fourth Seneca (SP-1240)-a non-self-propelled barge built as a schooner in 1884 by John Roach and Son, Chester, Pa.-was purchased by the Navy on 18 October 1917 from the Luckenbach Steamship Co. Her first commander was Chief Boatswain's Mate Raymond Smith, USNRF.

 

Seneca first served as a coal barge for the Mine-sweeping Division at Tompkinsville, N.Y. In January 1918, she moved to Providence, R.I.; and she spent the last months of the war as a floating base at Shelbourne, Nova Scotia. In February 1919, she relieved Bushnell as temporary tender for Submarine Division 5, and served as such (primarily as an accommodation ship) at Philadelphia from 4 March to 28 May and at Norfolk from 29 May until detached on 29 August. She was ordered sold on 10 September 1919 and was delivered to her purchaser, the Neptune Line of New York City, on 1 October 1919.

 

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Seneca (SP-1824) was renamed Wabash  (q.v.) just before her acquisition by the Navy in 1918.