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W. L. Messick (S. P. 322)

(ScStr.: t. 237 (gross); l. 145'0"; b. 23'0";  dr. 9'0" (mean); cpl. 36; a. 1 6-pdr.)

W. L. Messick, a wooden-hulled, screw steamer built in 1911 at Norfolk, Va., by Smith and McCoy, was purchased by the Navy on 7 April 1917 from Joseph H. Bellows of Reedville, Va. Commissioned simultaneously, W. L. Messick, classified as S. P. 322, was assigned to the 5th Naval District and served as a minesweeper in the Virginia capes area for the duration of World War I. She was subsequently decommissioned and sold on 27 August 1919 to her former owner.

Published: Wed Feb 10 09:49:45 EST 2016