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Raven III

 

(SP - 103: displacement 6; length 50; beam 9; draft 2; speed 27.7 knots; complement 6; armament 1 1-pounder)

 

Raven III (SP-103), a motorboat built in 1916 by Purdy Boat Co., Miami Beach, Fla., was purchased by the Navy from Purdy Boat Co., 14 June 1917; delivered 28 June 1917; and commissioned 5 October 1917 at Key West, Fla., MM2c. Gordon Stanford, USNRF, in command.

 

Soon after commissioning Raven III was renamed SP-103 and attached to Section 4 of the 7th Naval District coast defense force in World War I as a patrol craft working with the training facility at Key West. She sank accidentally 12 September 1919 and was later sold to Stewart McDonald, Moon Motor Car Co., St. Louis, Mo.



23 September 2005