One of Europe's most beautiful birds (Alcedo Ispida) conspicuous for its blue-green back and rich chestnut breast.
(SP-76: dp. 17; l. 60'; b. 10'9" ; dr. 3'; s. 26 k.; a. 11-pdr., 1 .30 cal. mg.)
Kingfisher, a motor launch, was built in 1916 by George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, Mass.; acquired by the Navy 8 May 1917 from her owner, R. P. Mathiesson, Chicago, 111.; and commissioned 15 May at Newport, R.I., Ens. R. P. Mathiesson, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to the 2d Naval District, Newport, Kingfisher enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve 9 June. Based at New London, Conn., she patrolled Long Island Sound. On 7 January 1919 she was ordered returned to her former owner. Kingfisher decommissioned 22 January and was turned over to her previous owner 4 March.