A small tree-climbing mammal of North America, active largely at night.
(SP - 506: tonnage 16; length 50’; beam 10’1”; draft 3’6”; speed 22 knots; complement 6; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 machine gun)
The first Raccoon was launched during 1915 by George Lawley & Son, Neponset, Mass., as a wooden private boat; acquired by the Navy 5 May 1917 from her owner, Francis W. Fabyan of Cambridge, Mass.; and commissioned the same day, BMC M. B. Saportas in command.
Raccoon operated on patrol duty at New London, Conn., until December 1917 when she was transferred to Newport, R.I. She landed her armament 3 December 1918 and was returned to her owner 17 January 1919. Following two subsequent changes in ownership, she was renamed Constance in 1924, but disappeared from mercantile registers the following year.
07 September 2004