USS Teaser, a 60-foot section patrol craft, was built in 1916 at at West Norfolk, Virginia, as the civilian workboat Teaser. Acquired by the Navy and placed in commission in November 1917, she performed World War I service in the Norfolk and Hampton Roads area. Teaser was destroyed by fire on 27 December 1918, and her name was stricken from the Navy list in February 1919.
This page features the only views we have related to USS Teaser (SP-933) and the civilian motor boat of that name.
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Photo #: NH 102257
USS Teaser (SP-933)
In the Elizabeth River, Virginia, off the Norfolk Navy Yard, circa 1917-1918.
Built as the civilian motor boat Teaser in 1916, this craft was placed in commission by the Navy on 29 November 1917. She caught fire and sank on 27 December 1918 and was stricken from the list of Naval vessels on 15 February 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 53KB; 740 x 400 pixels
Note: The Ships' Histories Branch of the Naval Historical
Center holds one other photo of the motor boat Teaser,
taken prior to her Navy service. The view shows her from off
the starboard bow (rather more starboard than bow). She is underway
at good speed, with fenders over her side and bow and a U.S.
flag flying from the after end of her cabin. Her hull is dark
(perhaps black) with lighter rubbing strakes and superstructure.
This rather attractive little image is unfortunately disfigured
by writing on its right side that extends over the boat's forward
Page made 4 November 2003