USS Simplicity (SP-96)

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History
United States
Name: USS Simplicity
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Smith and Mabely, Astoria, New York
Completed: 1906
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
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel
Tonnage: 21 tons
Length: 58 ft 9 in (17.91 m)
Beam: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Draft: 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m)
Speed: 14 knots
Complement: 7
Armament:

USS Simplicity (SP-96) was an armed motorboat that served in the United States Navy as a patrol vessel from 1917 to 1918.

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.

Simplicity was assigned to the Section Net Patrol at New York City, where she carried out harbor patrols during World War I

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.

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