USS Ensign (SP-1051)

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History
United States
Name: USS Ensign
Namesake: Previous name retained
Completed: 1914
Acquired: 1917
Commissioned: 17 September 1917
Fate: Returned to owner 30 January 1919
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Ensign 1914-1917 and from 1919
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Length: 68 ft (21 m)
Beam: 11 ft 5 in (3.48 m)
Draft: 4 ft 9 in (1.45 m)
Speed: 9 knots
Complement: 9

USS Ensign (SP-1051) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1919.

Ensign was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1914. In 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her under a free lease from her owner for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned on 17 September 1917 as USS Ensign (SP-1051) with Boatswain's Mate W. C. Mills, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the 3rd Naval District, Ensign performed submarine net patrol duties in New York Harbor until May 1918, when was transferred to the 9th Naval District for service on the Great Lakes. Arriving at Detroit, Michigan, on 14 June 1918, she patrolled until late in 1918, when the annual freezing over of the lakes brought the 1918 Great Lakes shipping season to an end.

The Navy returned Ensign to her owner on 30 January 1919.

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