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Sea Gull

 

A long-winged, web-footed bird frequenting the sea.

 

IV

 

(SP-544: t. 20; l. 58'6"; b. 13'; dr. 5'; s. 9.5 k.; a. 1 1-pdr., 1 .30 cal. mg.)

 

The fourth Sea Gull, a wooden yacht built during 1902 as Heather by the Greenport Yacht & Basin Co., Long Island, N.Y., was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve on 1 June 1917 following the entry of the United States into World War I; and commissioned shortly afterward, Ensign Cheston M. Bryant in command.

 

Sea Gull patrolled the waters of the 4th Naval District during her World War I service. Based at Essington, Pa., she cruised off the Essington Shipbuilding Co. yard and its environs until the war's end. Decommissioned at Atlantic City, N.J., on 27 November 1918, she was ordered returned to her owner on 2 June 1919 and struck from the Navy list.