Secret, a 37-foot motor pleasure boat, was built at New Rochelle, New York, in 1916. She was leased by the Navy in May 1917 and placed in commission as USS Secret (SP-1063) as part of the early World War I effort to strengthen U.S. harbor defenses. For the rest of the conflict the craft served as a dispatch vessel for the Fifth Naval District and as a rescue boat at the Naval Air Station Anacostia, D.C. She was returned to her owner in late December 1918.
This page features all the views we have of USS Secret (SP-1063) and of the civilian motor boat Secret.
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Photo #: NH 102201
USS Secret (SP-1063)
Photographed in port, during World War I, with several barges in the background.
Secret was built as a pleasure craft in 1916, taken over by the Navy under lease on 28 May 1917 and returned to her owner on 30 December 1918.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 67KB; 740 x 425 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds one other view of the motor boat Secret,
taken prior to her Naval service.
Page made 30 April 2003