USS Gypsum Queen

Career (USA)
Name: USS Gypsum Queen
Namesake: A former name retained
Owner: J. B. King Transportation Co. of New York City
Builder: Dialogue & Company, Camden, New Jersey
Laid down: date unknown
Completed: 1890
Acquired: by the Navy, September 1917
Commissioned: 4 December 1917 at New York City
Decommissioned: sunk on 28 April 1919
Struck: 1919 (est.)
Fate: sunk after striking a rock near Armen Light House off Brest, France, 28 April 1919
General characteristics
Type: Tugboat
Displacement: 361 long tons (367 t)
Length: 135 ft (41 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Draft: 14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)
Speed: 14 kn (16 mph; 26 km/h)
Armament: 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun, 2 × .30 in (7.6 mm) machine guns

USS Gypsum Queen (SP-430) was a tugboat acquired by the United States Navy during World War I. She was assigned to the French coast as a minesweeper, as well as a tugboat to provide assistance to disabled Allied ships. Performing this dangerous work, Gypsum Queen struck a rock near Brest, France, and sunk, with 15 of her crew lost.

Constructed in New Jersey

Gypsum Queen — a sea-going tug — was built by Dialogue & Company, Camden, New Jersey in 1890, acquired from her owners, J. B. King Transportation Co. of New York City in September 1917; and commissioned on 4 December 1917 at New York City.

World War I service

Turned over to the 3d Naval District, Gypsum Queen was fitted out for overseas service at New York Navy Yard and subsequently served in French ports as a towing vessel and a minesweeper.

Gypsum Queen sunk at sea

While returning from rendering assistance to minesweepers foundering off the coast of France, Gypsum Queen struck a rock near Armen Light House off Brest on 28 April 1919 and sank with a loss of 2 officers and 13 men.


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