USS Needle, a 22-ton motor patrol boat, was built in 1906 at Neponset, Massachusetts, as a private pleasure craft. Acquired by the Navy and commissioned in June 1917, she served on section patrol duties through World War I and beyond. Needle was sold in September 1919.
This page features our only view of USS Needle (SP-649).
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Photo #: NH 101827
USS Inca (SP-1212)
(center, with her name penned on the photograph)
Probably photographed circa July 1917, while undergoing conversion for Navy service.
The boat at right is of identical design to Inca, and that at the left is the motor boat Needle, of Boston, which became USS Needle (SP-649). Some of the four craft in the background already are flying Navy jacks and are fitted with guns.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 71KB; 440 x 765 pixels
Page made 18 March 2001