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Herreshoff #323

 

Named for the builder.

 

(SP-2840: dp. 60; l. 112'5" ; b. 15'2" ; dr. 4'; s. 24 k.; a. 1 6-pdr.)

 

Herreshoff #323 was built as a motor boat to government specifications by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, R.I., in 1918. She was contracted for by J. P. Morgan of New York City under an agreement with Assistant Secretary of the Navy F. D. Roosevelt to purchase or lease her upon completion. She was acquired by the Navy from Morgan 6 June 1918 and commissioned 15 June 1918 at Newport, Ens. W. A. Flagg, USNRF, in command.

 

Herreshoff #323 was first taken to New London, Conn., for outfitting 19 June and then assigned to 1st Naval District, Boston, Mass., for duty as section patrol boat. Based at Boston, she operated as a patrol craft off Nan-tucket and in Boston harbor, until transferred to 2d Naval District temporarily in December 1918. Herreshoff #323 was later transferred back to Boston and 3 December 1920 was assigned as a general purpose craft at Naval Torpedo Station, Alexandria, Va. She remained on this duty until 10 July 1923, when she was transferred to Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I., as a patrol craft and dispatch boat. She was sold 3 May 1927.