|Name:||USS Joseph F. Bellows|
|Namesake:||A former name retained|
|Owner:||Bellows and Squires, Inc., Ocran, Virginia|
|Builder:||E. James Tull, Pocomoke City, Maryland|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||by the Navy in May 1917|
|Commissioned:||18 May 1917|
|Fate:||sold 2 July 1919; fate unknown|
|Armament:||One 6-pounder gun|
USS Joseph F. Bellows (SP-323) was a fishing boat purchased by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was outfitted as an armed minesweeper and was assigned to the Virginia coast. Post-war she served as a tender and supply ship until sold in 1919.
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Joseph F. Bellows (SP-323), a fishing steamer built in 1912 by E. J. Tull, Pocomoke City, Maryland, was acquired by the Navy from Bellows and Squires, Inc., Ocran, Virginia, in May 1917. She commissioned 18 May 1917, Ens. T. C. Christopher, USNRF, in command.
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