Satellite, a 87-foot steam-powered pleasure craft built at Brooklyn, New York, in 1887, was taken over by the Navy in June 1917. Placed in commission as USS Satellite (SP-1012) in September of that year, she performed training duties at Key West, Florida, until April 1918 when she was taken out of service for repairs. However, problems with her boiler persisted and Satellite remained inactive until March 1920, when she was stricken from the list of Navy vessels. She was subsequently scrapped.
This page features our only views of the steam boat Satellite, which served as USS Satellite (SP-1012) in 1917-1920.
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Photo #: NH 102195
Satellite (American Steam Boat, 1887)
Photographed prior to her World War I Navy service.
Acquired by the Navy on 9 June 1917 and commissioned on 7 September 1917 as USS Satellite (SP-1012), she was stricken on 30 March 1920 and disposed of as scrap.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 83KB; 515 x 765 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds one other view of the motor boat Satellite,
taken prior to her Naval service.
Page made 30 March 2003