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Photo #: NH 45084
View taken on 4 July 1918, showing U.S. Navy minesweepers in the right center, alongside the dock at Base 19. The French Navy machinist school is at left.
The inboard ship is a hulk, presumably an old French warship employed as a harbor support vessel. Minesweepers tied up outboard of it include (from left to right):
USS Cahill (SP-493),
USS Douglas (SP-313),
USS Hinton (SP-485),
USS Courtney (SP-375), and
USS McNeal (SP-333).
These former fishing vessels were originally known by their civilian names, respectively: Winfield S. Cahill, Otis W. Douglas, John B. Hinton, Warren J. Courtney and Kenneth L. McNeal. Though ordered shortened to surnames by a July 1917 Navy General Order, the longer names were often used afterwards.
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Image posted 19 January 2011
Caption corrected 25 January 2011