USS Simplicity (SP-96)
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Smith and Mabely, Astoria, New York|
|Acquired:||12 May 1917|
|Commissioned:||7 June 1917|
|Struck:||19 October 1918|
|Fate:||Crushed in collision 19 October 1918; hulk beached and stripped|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Simplicity 1906-1917|
|Length:||58 ft 9 in (17.91 m)|
|Beam:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
|Draft:||3 ft 6 in (1.07 m)|
Simplicity was built as a civilian motorboat in 1906 by Smith and Mabely at Astoria, New York. On 12 May 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, A. S. Korter of New York City, for World War I service as a patrol boat. She was commissioned on 7 June 1917 as USS Simplicity (SP-96) with Boatswain M. J. Brophy, USNRF, in command.
On 19 October 1918, the barge No. 78 struck and crushed Simplicity while she was alongside a United States Army pier at Fort Wadsworth, New York. Her hulk was beached and stripped by the Navy, and she was stricken from the Navy List as of 19 October 1918.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Simplicity (SP 96)