USS Eclipse (SP-417)
Eclipse in civilian use sometime between 1906 and 1917.
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Bishops, Gloucester, Massachusetts|
|Acquired:||31 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||31 August 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 6 January 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private schooner Eclipse 1906-1917 and from 1919|
|Length:||84 ft (26 m)|
|Beam:||19 ft 11 in (6.07 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft (3.7 m) aft|
|Propulsion:||Sails plus auxiliary gasoline engine, one shaft|
|Armament:||1 × 3-pounder gun|
Eclipse was built as a private motor schooner of the same name in 1906 by Bishops at Gloucester, Massachusetts. On 31 August 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her under a free lease from her owner, Frank W. Spencer of Savannah, Georgia, for use as a section patrol vessel during World War I. She was commissioned the same day as USS Eclipse (SP-417) with Lieutenant, junior grade, J. S. Thompson, USNRF, in command.
Eclipse was returned to her owner on 6 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: Eclipse (American Auxiliary Schooner, 1906). Was USS Eclipse (SP-417) in 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Eclipse (SP 417)