EM Stephen McKeever, 1943

Dec. 30, 2020

EM Stephen McKeever, WYP-363 (ex-Stephen W. McKeever, Jr.)

Builder: R. Palmer and Sons, Noank, Connecticut

Commissioned: 1911 (commercial); 19 July 1943 (Coast Guard)

Decommissioned: 3 December 1943 and returned to owner

Length: 128 ft.

Navigation Draft: 10 ft.

Beam: 22' 2"

Displacement: 223 gross

Propulsion: diesel, single screw

Shaft Power: 300 BHP

Maximum Speed: NA

Economical Speed: NA

Fuel Capacity: NA

Water Capacity: NA

Endurance: NA

Complement: 20 men (commercial)

Armament: NA

Vessel History:

A former menhaden fishing boat.  The EM in front of the name stood for Emergency Manning. Coast Guard records usually kept the EM before the name of the vessel.  The Coast Guard chartered this vessel for patrol work.  The charter costs $500 a month and the conversion cost was $105,516.

The EM Stephen McKeever was assigned to the EASTSEAFRON and sailed from Little Creek, Virginia.