Narragansett, a 244 gross ton wooden steam ferryboat, was built at Saunderstown, Rhode Island, in 1905. The Navy purchased her in June 1918 and placed her in service at the Newport Torpedo Station, R.I., as USS Narragansett (SP-1163). She was redesignated YFP-1163 in July 1920 and continued her employment at Newport for over two more decades. Her name was changed to Taposa in December 1941. The ferryboat was stricken from the Navy list in February 1944 and later sold.
This page features our only view of the ferryboat Narragansett, which served as USS Narragansett and USS Taposa in 1918-1944.
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Photo #: NH 102053
Narragansett (American Ferryboat, 1905)
Photographed prior to World War I. She was acquired by the Navy on 11 June 1918 and placed in service as USS Narragansett (SP-1163) for use as a ferry at the Newport Torpedo Station, Rhode Island. She was retained for postwar service and reclassified YFB-1163 on 17 July 1920. Her name was changed to Taposa on 18 December 1941. The ferry was stricken on 12 February 1944 and sold later in that year.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 94KB; 740 x 565 pixels
Page made 28 April 2002