USS Druid (SP-321)
USS Druid (SP-321) moored in harbor, probably in European waters in 1918.
|Namesake:||A member of a religious order in ancient Gaul, Britain, and Ireland (previous name retained)|
|Owner:||W. W. Dwyer of New York City|
|Builder:||Burlee Dry Dock Company of Staten Island, New York|
|Acquired:||2 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||17 September 1917|
|Decommissioned:||28 May 1919|
|Struck:||17 May 1919|
|Fate:||Sold 10 September 1919|
|Tonnage:||539 gross tons|
|Length:||217 ft (66 m)|
|Beam:||28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)|
|Armament:||Two 3-inch (76.2-millimeter) guns|
USS Druid (SP-321) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1919. She was sent to the European coast and the Mediterranean to protect Allied shipping from German submarines and other dangers.
A yacht built in New York
Druid was built in 1902 as a private steam yacht by the Burlee Dry Dock Company of Staten Island, New York. She was purchased by the Navy in Havana, Cuba, from her owner, W. W. Dwyer of New York City, on 2 June 1917.
World War I service
Druid spent the rest of the war performing patrol, escort, and towing duties in the western Mediterranean, the Strait of Gibraltar, and off the coast of Portugal. Druid returned to the United States following the armistice with Germany, which took place on 11 November 1918.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Navy History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Druid (SP-321), 1917-1919. Previously the civilian yacht Druid (1902)
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Druid (SP 321)