Eclipse, an 84-foot schooner with auxiliary gasoline engine propulsion, was built in 1906 by Bishops of Gloucester, Massachusetts, for use as a pleasure craft. She was leased by the Navy for World War I service and placed in commission at the end of August 1917 as Eclipse (SP-417). Following employment as a pilot and guard boat off Savannah, Georgia, she was returned to her owner, Frank W. Spencer of Savannah, in early January 1919.
This page features the only view we have concerning the auxiliary schooner Eclipse, which was USS Eclipse (SP-417) in 1917-1919.
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Photo #: NH 103543
Eclipse (American Auxiliary Schooner, 1906)
Halftone reproduction of a photograph of the schooner under sail, prior to her World War I era Navy service.
Built in 1906 by Bishops of Gloucester, Massachusetts, this pleasure craft was owned in 1917 by Frank W. Spencer of Savannah, Georgia. The Navy acquired her on 31 August of that year, placing her in commission at that time as USS Eclipse (SP-417). She was returned to her owner on 6 January 1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 92KB; 515 x 765 pixels
Page made 28 February 2006