USS Eaglet (SP-909)

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Motorboat Eaglet (1911).jpg
Eaglet as a civilian motorboat prior to her U.S. Navy service.
History
United States
Name: USS Eagle
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: George Lawley & Son
Completed: 1909 or 1911[1]
Acquired: 16 June 1917
Commissioned: 29 June 1917
Reclassified: District patrol craft, YP-909, in 1920
Struck: 12 May 1922
Fate:
  • Sold 14 July 1921; transaction cancelled
  • Resold 12 May 1922
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Eaglet until 1917
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Length: 87 ft 9 in (26.75 m)
Beam: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Draft: 4 ft 6 in (1.37 m)
Speed: 16 knots
Complement: 11
Armament: 1 × 1-pounder gun

USS Eaglet (SP-909), later redesignated YP-909, was an armed motorboat that served in the United States Navy as a patrol vessel from 1917 to 1921.

Eaglet was built as a civilian motorboat in either 1909 or 1911[2] by George Lawley & Son at Neponset, Massachusetts. The U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, F.L. Budlong of Providence, Rhode Island, on 16 June 1917 for use as a patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned on 29 June 1917 as USS Eaglet (SP-909).

Eaglet was assigned first to the 2nd Naval District in southern New England and later to the 1st Naval District in northern New England. She was reclassified as a district patrol craft and redesignated YP-909 in 1920.

Eaglet was ordered inspected for sale in January 1921 and ordered sold on 30 March 1921. She was sold on 14 July 1921, but the transaction was cancelled. She was resold on 12 May 1922 and stricken from the Navy List the same day.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Per the U.S. Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images (at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-civil/civsh-e/eaglet.htm), sources differ on the year the boat was built. Her naval registry data card says 1909, but other records indicate 1911, which the U.S. Naval Historical Center appears to favor as the correct year.
  2. ^ Per the U.S. Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images (at http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-civil/civsh-e/eaglet.htm), sources differ on the year the boat was built. Her naval registry data card says 1909, but other records indicate 1911, which the U.S. Naval Historical Center appears to favor as the correct year.

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