USS Express No. 4 (SP-745)
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Express No. 4 as a private motorboat at the time of her completion in 1917.
|Name:||USS Express No. 4|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||C. F. Ferguson, Groton, Connecticut|
|Acquired:||2 July 1917|
|Commissioned:||2 July 1917|
|Struck:||23 January 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to owner January 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Express No. 4 from 1919|
|Length:||46 ft (14 m)|
|Beam:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Draft:||2 ft 3 in (0.69 m)|
|Speed:||17 knots (31 km/h)|
|Armament:||1 × 1-pounder gun|
Express No. 4 was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1917 by C. F. Ferguson at Groton, Connecticut. Upon her completion in early July 1917, the U.S. Navy leased her from her owner, M. F. Plant of Groton, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve and was commissioned on 2 July 1917 as USS Express No. 4 (SP-745) with Boatswain's Mate H. C. Wilson, USNRF, in command.
- 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: Express # 4 (American Motor Boat, 1917). Served as USS Express # 4 (SP-745) in 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Express No. 4 (SP 745)