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Luce Bros. (S. P. 846)

(SP‑846: t. 67; l. 122'; b. 19'6"; dr. 12'; s. 11 k.; cpl. 26; a. none)

A former name retained.

Luce Bros., a Menhaden fisherman, was built in 1877 by Alberton & Douglas Machine Co., New London, Conn.; rebuilt in 1912‑13 by White Shipbuilding Co., Sharptown, Md.; acquired by the Navy 3 May 1917 from her owner, Dennis Fish & Oil Co., Cape Charles, Va.; taken over in July 1917; and commissioned 9 August 1917 at Berkley, Va., Ens. W. B. Clark, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the 5th Naval District Norfolk, Luce Bros. during World War I operated out of Hampton Roads, as guard ship and harbor patrol craft. In addition, she patrolled waters adjacent to Norfolk and Hampton Roads while engaged in naval intelligence operations. After the Armistice, she decommissioned 24 January 1919 at Norfolk and was returned to her owner 28 March.

Published: Tue Feb 09 10:04:34 EST 2016