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Liberty III

 

A former name retained.

 

(SP-1229: t. 96; l. 103'; b. 24'; dr. 12'5"; s. 8.5 k.; cpl. 10; a. none)

 

Liberty III, an auxiliary pilot boat, was built in 1896 by John Bishop, Gloucester, Mass.; acquired by the Navy under free lease 10 September 1917 from her owner, Boston Pilots Relief Society; enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve 15 September 1917; and commissioned 21 September 1917 at Boston, Ens. Murdoch McLean USNRF, in command.

 

Assigned to the 1st Naval District, Boston, Mass., Liberty III served throughout World War I as a harbor entrance patrol boat, guiding the movements of ships that navigated the defensive sea area of the port of Boston. After the Armistice, she decommissioned 8 January 1919 at Boston and was returned to her owner the same day.