USS Amagansett (SP-693)
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|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|
|Type:||Patrol vessel and minesweeper|
|Tonnage:||145 gross tons|
|Length:||123 ft 6 in (37.64 m)|
|Beam:||19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)|
|Draft:||10 ft (3.0 m) aft|
|Armament:||2 × 1-pounder guns|
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.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Amagansett (SP-693), 1917-1919. Originally, and later, the civilian fishing vessel Amagansett.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Amagansett (SP 692)