USS Jaydee III (SP-692)

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Motorboat Jaydee III.jpg
Jaydee III as a civilian motorboat sometime in 1916 or 1917.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Jaydee III
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Matthews Boat Company, Port Clinton, Ohio
Completed: 1916
Acquired: 19 May 1917[1] or June 1917[2]
Commissioned: 12 June 1917
Fate: Returned to owner 7 March 1919
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Jaydee III 1916-1917 and from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 23 gross register tons
Length: 45 ft (14 m)
Beam: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Draft: 3 ft (0.91 m)
Speed: 20 knots
Complement: 5
Armament: 1 x 1-pounder gun
1 x machine gun

USS Jaydee III (SP-692) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1919.

Jaydee III was built in 1916 as a private motorboat of the same name by the Matthews Boat Company at Port Clinton, Ohio. On 19 May 1917[3] or in June 1917,[4] the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owners - R. Talbot, J. C. Wright, Howard Wilson, and Irving Chapin, of Lincoln, Nebraska - for use as a section patrol vessel during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Jaydee III (SP-692) at Detroit, Michigan, on 12 June 1917 with Ensign P. Springer in command.

Assigned to the 9th, 10th, and 11th Naval Districts - at the time a single administration entitiy created by the almagamation of the 9th Naval District, 10th Naval District, and 11th Naval District - and based at Detroit, Jaydee III served served as a patrol craft and shipping traffic regulator on the Detroit River for the rest of World War I.

Jaydee III was returned to her owners on 7 March 1919.

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