USS Desire (SP-786)
Desire as a private motorboat sometime between 1913 and 1917.
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||J. W. Munn, Galveston, Texas|
|Commissioned:||14 June 1917|
|Decommissioned:||2 January 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 2 January 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Desire 1913-1917 and from 1919|
|Length:||90 ft (27 m)|
Desire was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1913 by J. W. Munn at Galveston, Texas. In 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her under a free lease from her owner, Clifford Abeles of St. Louis, Missouri, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned on 14 June 1917 as USS Desire (SP-786).
Desire was decommissioned and returned to Abeles on 2 January 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: Civilian Ships: Desire (American Motor Boat, 1913). Was USS Desire (SP-786) in 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Desire (SP 786)