USS Herreshoff No. 306 (SP-1841)
|Name:||USS Herreshoff No. 306|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, Rhode Island|
|Acquired:||14 February 1918|
|Commissioned:||27 February 1918|
|Fate:||Sold 1 December 1922|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Herreshoff No. 306 1917-1918; loaned to United States Army Air Service1920-1921; in private use from December 1922|
|Length:||112 ft 5 in (34.26 m)|
|Beam:||15 ft 2 in (4.62 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft (1.2 m)|
|Armament:||1 × 6-pounder gun|
Construction, acquisition, and commissioning
At the urging of Assistant Secretary of the Navy (and future President of the United States) Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), the industrialist, financier, and philanthropist Alfred I. DuPont (1864-1935) of Wilmington, Delaware, contracted with the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company at Bristol, Rhode Island, for one of a small group of 60-ton steel-hulled boats built to a naval patrol boat design for private owners with the intention that they would be made available to the U.S. Navy in time of war. Du Pont's boat, with the builder's name Herreshoff No. 306, was completed in 1917.
On 14 February 1918, the U.S. Navy purchased Herreshoff No. 306 from du Pont for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned at Newport, Rhode Island, as USS Herreshoff No. 306 (SP-1841) on 27 February 1918.
Herreshoff No. 306 proceeded to New London, Connecticut, in company with two other Herreshoff-built boats to be fitted with listening gear. She departed New London on 5 May 1918 in company with the patrol boats USS Herreshoff No. 308 (SP-2232) and USS Herreshoff No. 321 (SP-2235) bound for the Panama Canal Zone, stopping at Charleston, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, en route. She arrived at Cristóbal in the Canal Zone on 1 June 1918 and assumed duty as harbor patrol vessel there. She continued to perform this duty until the end of World War I on 11 November 1918, after which she served the 15th Naval District as a patrol craft.
- 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: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Herreshoff # 309 (SP-1218), 1917-1918
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Herreshoff No. 306 (SP 1841)