USS Skink (SP-605)
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||George Lawley & Son, Neponset, Massachusetts|
|Acquired:||30 June 1917|
|Commissioned:||13 June 1917|
|Decommissioned:||22 November 1918|
|Fate:||Returned to owner 24 February 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private motorboat Skink in 1917 and from 1919|
|Tonnage:||10 gross register tons|
|Length:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Beam:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
|Draft:||6 ft (1.8 m)|
|Armament:||1 × machine gun|
Skink was built as a private motorboat of the same name by George Lawley & Son at Neponset, Massachusetts, in 1917. In 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, Robert D. Longyear of Cambridge, Massachusetts, for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was commissioned as USS Skink (SP-605) on 13 June 1917, and retrospectively formally acquired from Longyear on 30 June 1917.
Skink was decommissioned on 22 November 1918 and returned to Longyear on 24 February 1919.
- 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: Skink (Motor Boat, 1917). Served as USS Skink (SP-605) in 1917-1919
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive Skink (SP 605)