USS Rickwood (SP-597)
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Matthews Boat Company, Port Clinton, Ohio|
|Acquired:||9 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||18 June 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 3 March 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Ethel M. Ward and Rickwood 1910-1917 and as Rickwood 1919-1955|
|Tonnage:||40 gross register tons|
|Length:||72 ft 2.33 in (22.0048 m)|
|Beam:||13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft 3 in (1.30 m)|
|Armament:||1 × 3-pounder gun|
On 9 June 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired Rickwood from her owner, A. H. Woodward of Woodward, Alabama, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Rickwood (SP-597) on 18 June 1918 with Ensign George R. Bazzell in command.
Assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola at Pensacola, Florida, Rickwood patrolled the Florida coast near Pensacola for the rest of World War I and into January 1919. She also recovered downed aircrews and aircraft and performed other local search and rescue work, provided ferry service between the naval air station and the city of Pensacola, and performed local towing work.
On 28 January 1919, Rickwood was reassigned from Naval Air Station Pensacola to Naval Station Pensacola.
- 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: Ethel M. Ward (American Motor Boat, 1910). Later renamed Rickwood. Served as USS Rickwood (SP-597) in 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Rickwood (SP 597)