USS Vision, a 45-foot motor boat, was built at Watervliet, New York, in 1916 as a pleasure craft. She was leased by the Navy in July 1917 for World War I use and placed in commission at that time. Her name was later changed to SP-744 to avoid confusion with another craft of the same name. During 1917 and much of 1918 the boat was employed on patrol service in the vicinity of Newport, Rhode Island. She was sent south to Miami, Florida, in mid-1918, and operated there until January 1919, when she was decommissioned and returned to her owner.
This page features our only view of USS Vision (SP-744), which was later renamed SP-744.
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Photo #: NH 102361
USS Vision (SP-744)
Built in 1916, the "Express-Cruiser" motor boat Vision was acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 3 July 1917 (possibly the event pictured in this image). Her name was later changed to SP-744. She was returned to her owner on 22 January 1919.
The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 61KB; 740 x 530 pixels
Page made 8 February 2004