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Vivace

 

(ScStr.: t. 66 (net); 1. 118'0"; b. 12'0"; dph. 7'6"; dr. 4'3" (aft); s. 22.0 k.; cpl. 12; a. 1 3-pdr., 1 1-pdr., 2 .30-cal. mg.)

 

Vixen—a composite-construction, screw-steam yacht designed by the noted naval architect, Charles L. Sea-bury—was built in 1904 at Morris Heights, N.Y., as a joint project of the firms of Charles L. Seabury Co. and the Gas Engine and Power Co. Later renamed Vivace and owned by the firms that built her, the yacht was inspected by the Navy for possible use as a section patrol craft and was assigned the classification SP-583.

 

"Enrolled and ordered delivered" on 18 June 1917, Vivace was commissioned on 20 September 1917 and was assigned to the 3d Naval District. No deck logs for this vessel are extant; but it is reasonable to surmise that she conducted local patrol operations in that district. One must assume that such operations were interspersed with the usual maintenance, upkeep, and training evolutions common to ships of her type. Listed as "out of commission" on 28 September 1918, Vivace was simultaneously struck from the Navy list. She was ultimately sold to Marvin Briggs, Inc., of Brooklyn, N.Y., on 16 April 1919, for junk.