USS Pirate (SP-229)
USS Pirate during World War I.
|Namesake:||A pirate, a person who commits piracy, a war-like act committed by private parties, especially robbery or other acts of criminal violence on the sea (Previous name retained)|
|Builder:||A. Craven Construction Company, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Acquired:||5 September 1917|
|Commissioned:||5 September 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 26 December 1918|
|Notes:||Operated as civilian motorboat Pirate 1916-1917 and from December 1918|
|Length:||42 ft 5 in (12.93 m)|
|Beam:||11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)|
|Draft:||2 ft 11 in (0.89 m) mean|
Pirate was built as a civilian motorboat of the same name in 1916 by the A. Craven Construction Company at Charleston, South Carolina. The U.S. Navy chartered her from her owner, A. Halsey, on 5 September 1917 for World War I service as a patrol vessel. She was commissioned the same day as USS Pirate (SP-229).
Pirate patrolled along the United States East Coast for the remainder of World War I.
Pirate was returned to her owner on 26 December 1918.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy: Navy History and Heritage Command: Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Pirate (SP-229), 1917-1918. Originally civilian motor boat Pirate (1916)
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Pirate (SP 229)