Voyager, an 52-foot motor boat, was built prior to World War I at Bay City, Michigan, for use as a pleasure craft. She was acquired by the Navy in July 1917 and placed in commission as USS Voyager (SP-361). During the remainder of the 1917 Great Lakes shipping season she was employed at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, patrolling the approaches to the locks between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Transferred to Detroit, Michigan, and laid up through the winter season, Voyager returned to "the Soo" in May 1918 and resumed her patrol work. She was decommissioned in May 1919. Transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard at that time, she remained in service on the Great Lakes, under the names Voyager and AB-18, until about 1936.
This page features the only views we have of the motor boat Voyager, which was USS Voyager (SP-361) in 1917-1919.
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Photo #: NH 102366
Voyager (American Motor Boat)
Underway, probably in the Great Lakes area, prior to World War I.
This pleasure craft was acquired by the Navy and placed in commission on 25 July 1917 as USS Voyager (SP-361). She was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard on 13 May 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 71KB; 740 x 500 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds one other view of the motor boat Voyager,
taken prior to World War I. She is seen from off the port quarter,
underway, with people seated on her after deck and a man standing
atop her pilothouse.
Page made 22 February 2004