Photo #: NH 101040
Chingachgook (American Motor Boat, 1916)
Underway at high speed, October 1916. Photographed by Edwin Levick, of New York City. Though flying yachting flags, she is armed with a Colt machine gun forward and a small cannon aft, probably for service with the pre-World War I Coast Defense Reserve.
This civilian craft was acquired by the Navy on 25 May 1917 and placed in commission on 6 June 1917 as USS Chingachgook (SP-35). Essentially destroyed by a gasoline explosion on 31 July 1917, she was decommissioned on 10 January 1918 and disposed of by burning on 19 February 1918.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 21 February 2005