USS Gypsy (SP-55)
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||USS Gypsy (planned)|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, Massachusetts|
|Acquired:||11 May 1917|
|Struck:||23 November 1917|
|Fate:||Burned while fitting out 20 June 1917|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Gypsy 1912-1917|
|Type:||Patrol vessel (planned)|
|Length:||61 ft (19 m)|
|Beam:||10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 6 in (1.07 m)|
Gypsy was built in 1912 by George Lawley and Sons at Neponset, Massachusetts, as a private motorboat of the same name. The U.S. Navy acquired her on 11 May 1917 for World War I service, intending to use her as a patrol boat in the Section Patrol. However, she was completely destroyed by an accidental fire on 20 June 1917 off Stony Beach, Allerton Beacon, Boston, Massachusetts, while fitting out, before she could be commissioned.
Gypsy was stricken from the Navy List on 23 November 1919.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Gypsy (SP 55)