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B. H. B. Hubbard (S.P. 416)


As with most of the Navy’s "Menhaden fishermen," this ship's name appeared in a variety of forms during World War I.  First, the Navy promptly dropped the Jr. from her name.  Then, on 28 July 1917, Adm. William S. Benson issued General Order No. 314 which stipulated that all scout patrol (S.P.) vessels with compound names be referred to by last name only. To further confuse researchers, however, the ship's deck log uses both: the full name appears at the head of each page through October 1917 (after which point no logs exist for November and December), and the abbreviated form, Hubbard (q.v.), heads the log pages thereafter and appears in official orders. A third variant, B. A. H. Hubbard (q.v.) appears in the August, September, and October 1917 issues of the Navy Directory.

Robert J. Cressman

2 November 2021

Published: Tue Nov 02 09:10:36 EDT 2021