USS Amagansett (SP-693)

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Trawler Amagansett.jpg
Amagansett as a commercial fishing trawler, probably around the time the United States Navy acquired her for service as the patrol vessel and minesweeper USS Amagansett (SP-693) in May 1917. The ferry Castleton is in the background.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Amagansett
Namesake: Previous name retained
Completed: 1879
Acquired: 18 May 1917 (formally)
Commissioned: 17 May 1917
Decommissioned: 12 March 1919
Struck: 12 March 1919
Fate: Returned to owner 12 March 1919
Notes: Operated as commercial fishing trawler Amagansett 1879-1917 and from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel and minesweeper
Tonnage: 145 gross tons
Displacement: 645 tons
Length: 123 ft 6 in (37.64 m)
Beam: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m) aft
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 7.8 knots
Complement: 26
Armament: 2 x 1-pounder guns

USS Amagansett (SP-693) was a United States Navy patrol vessel and minesweeper in commission from 1917 to 1920.

Amagansett was built as a commercial "menhaden fisherman"-type steam fishing trawler of the same name at Kennebunk, Maine, in 1879. In May 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from Mr. E. Benson Dennis of Cape Charles, Virginia, for use during World War I. Assigned the section patrol number 693, she was commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, on 17 May 1917 as USS Amagansett (SP-693) with Ensign J. L. Brooks, USNRF, probably in command. The Navy officially chartered her from Dennis on 18 May 1917.

Fitted out as a minesweeper and assigned to the 5th Naval District, Amagansett was based at Norfolk throughout her naval career. She served on patrol and minesweeping duties in the Norfolk area through the end of World War I and until March 1919.

Amagansett was decommissioned on 12 March 1919 and stricken from the Navy List and returned to Dennis simultaneously the same day.

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USS Amagansett (SP-693), painted in a camouflage pattern, at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, in September 1917.