USS Tarantula (SP-124)

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Tarantula (American Motor Yacht, 1912)
USS Tarantula
United States
Name: USS Tarantula
Builder: George Lawley and Son
Launched: 1912
Acquired: 25 April 1917
Fate: Sunk after collision, 28 October 1918
General characteristics
Type: Patrol boat
Displacement: 159.97 long tons (162.54 t)
Length: 128 ft 9 in (39.24 m)
Beam: 19 ft 3 in (5.87 m)
Draft: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Speed: 14 kn (16 mph; 26 km/h)

USS Tarantula (SP-124) was a patrol boat in the United States Navy. She was named after the tarantula.

East Coast Assignment[edit]

Tarantula was built as a motor yacht in 1912 at Neponset, Massachusetts, by George Lawley and Son Corp. She was acquired by the U.S. Navy on 25 April 1917 from W. K. Vanderbilt of New York City. Assigned to section patrol in the 3rd Naval District during World War I, Tarantula operated along the coastal waters of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey until October 1918.

Collision and sinking[edit]

On 28 October 1918, Tarantula sank about 8 mi (13 km) southwest of the Fire Island light vessel after colliding with the Royal Holland Lloyd Line steamship SS Frisia. Her name was subsequently struck from the Naval Vessel Register.

Tarantula′s owner subsequently was paid $75,000 to cover her value.

See also[edit]


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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