USS Barracuda (SP-845)
|Namesake:||The barracuda, any of several large, voracious fishes of warm oceans related to the gray mullets (previous name retained)|
|Builder:||James E. Graves, Marblehead, Massachusetts|
|Acquired:||18 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||31 October 1917|
|Decommissioned:||13 February 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Barracuda 1912-1917 and from 1919|
|Length:||60 ft 0 in (18.29 m)|
|Beam:||11 ft 0 in (3.35 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) mean|
Note: This ship should not be confused with the motorboat Barracuda, considered for service as patrol boat USS Barracuda (SP-23) during the same era.
Barracuda was built in 1912 by James E. Graves at Marblehead, Massachusetts, as a private motorboat of the same name. The U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, Mr. R. W. McEwan on a free lease on 18 June 1917 for World War I service. She was commissioned as USS Barracuda (SP-845) on 31 October 1917 with Boatswain Seward Scharff, USNRF, in command.
Decommissioned on 13 February 1919, Barracuda was returned to her owner.
- 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 Historical Center: Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: USS Barracuda (SP-845), 1917-1919.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Barracuda (SP 845)