USS Dixie III, a 54.1 foot section patrol craft, was built in 1911 by Bowes and Mower of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a civilian motor pleasure boat. Operated by the State of Maine, she was taken over by the Navy for World War I service and placed in commission at the beginning of May 1917. The craft was renamed SP-701 in April 1918 and probably spent her entire Navy career in northern New England waters. She was returned to her owner in May 1919.
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Photo #: NH 94470
USS SP-701 (ex-Dixie III)
Photographed circa 1918-1919.
Formerly the pleasure craft Dixie III, this motor boat served as USS Dixie III (SP-701) and USS SP-701 in 1917-1919.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Page made 17 October 2005