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Privateer

 

A former name retained.

 

(SP–179:l. 108’; b. 13’; dr. 4’6”; s. 22 k.; a. 1 6-pdr., 2 mg)

 

Privateer (SP–179) was built in 1917 by Gas Engine and Power Co., and C. L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, N. Y., for R. A. C. Smith; delivered under charter to the Navy 25 May 1917; and commissioned 15 August 1917, Ens. H. P. Wills, USNRF, in command.

 

Privateer was immediately assigned to the 3rd Naval District where she served on section patrol for most of World War I. On 15 June 1918 she escorted the new submarines N–4 and N–7 from Bridgeport, Conn., to the New York Navy Yard. In early 1919 she was attached to the Rockaway Naval Air Station, Rockaway, N.Y. Privateer was ordered 28 July 1919 to Squadron 19, 3rd District Naval Force where she remained until January 1930. During this period she was reclassified YP–179.

 

Privateer decommissioned at Norfolk, Va., 5 February 1930; was struck from the Navy Register 7 March 1930; and was transferred to USSB 30 June 1930.