USS Dianthus (SP-639)

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USS Dianthus (SP-639) sometime in 1917 or 1918.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Dianthus
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island
Completed: 1913
Acquired: 21 May 1917
Commissioned: 26 May 1917
Decommissioned: 27 November 1918
Fate: Returned to owner 27 November 1918[1]
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Dianthus 1913–1917 and from 1918
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Length: 65 ft (20 m)
Beam: 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m)
Draft: 2 ft 9 in (0.84 m)
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 16
Armament: 1 x 3-pounder gun
1 x 1-pounder gun

USS Dianthus (SP-639) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1918.

Dianthus was built as a private motorboat of the same name by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company at Bristol, Rhode Island, in 1913. On 21 May 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her under a free lease from her owner, John P. Crozer of Upland, Pennsylvania, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Dianthus (SP-639) on 26 May 1917 with Ensign J. J. Banner, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the 4th Naval District, Dianthus performed patrol duty for the rest of World War I.

Dianthus was decommissioned on 27 November 1918 and returned to Crozer the same day.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Dianthus (SP-639), 1917-1918 states that Dianthus was returned to her owner on 26 November 1918, but that was the day before her decommissionig and therefore probably is a typographical error.
  2. ^ Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Dianthus (SP-639), 1917-1918 states that Dianthus was returned to her owner on 26 November 1918, but that was the day before her decommissionig and therefore probably is a typographical error.

References[edit]

USS Dianthus (SP-639) sometime in 1917 or 1918.