USS Lynx (SP-2)
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||George Lawley & Son, Neponset, Massachusetts|
|Acquired:||21 April 1917|
|Commissioned:||9 July 1917|
|Struck:||24 August 1919|
|Fate:||Disposed of by burning 4 September 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Lynx 1916-1917|
|Length:||45 ft 0 in (13.72 m)|
|Beam:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 10 in (1.17 m)|
|Armament:||1 × 1-pounder gun|
Note: USS Lynx (SP-2) should not be confused with patrol vessel USS Lynx II SP-730, later USS SP-730, which served in the United States Navy during the same period.
Lynx was built as a private motorboat of the same name in 1916 by the George Lawley & Son at Neponset, Massachusetts. Her owner, Nathaniel F. Ayers, had her built specifically for participation in the Coast Defense Reserve as part of the Preparedness Movement. During her time in private hands in 1916 and early 1917, she participated in Coast Defense Reserve exercises.
By March 1917 she was armed and had U.S. Navy personnel aboard. The United States entered World War I in April 1917, and the Navy officially purchased her from Ayers on 21 April 1917. She was commissioned as USS Lynx (SP-2) on 9 July 1917 with Ensign A. T. Dayer in command.
Lynx returned to the United States after World War I, arriving at New York City from Europe on 30 March 1919. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 24 August 1919. For purposes of disposal, she was condemned to be burned, and was burned on 4 September 1919.
- Ayers, called "Ayer" in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry for USS Lynx II (SP-730) (see http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/l33/lynx_ii.htm), also had USS Lynx II (SP-730), later renamed USS SP-730, built for possible naval patrol service.
- Or Ayer, per http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/l33/lynx_ii.htm.
- 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 Historical Center: Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: Lynx (Motor Boat, 1916). Served as USS Lynx (SP-2) in 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Lynx (SP 2)
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