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Chipper (S.P. 1049)


The Navy retained the name carried by this small craft at the time of her acquisition.

(S.P. 1049: tonnage 23 (register); length 56’0” (overall); beam 11’0”; draft 3’0” (mean); speed 14.0 knots (maximum), 8.6 knots (cruising); complement 10; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 machine gun)

Chipper, a wooden-hulled, single-screw motor boat completed in 1909 at Morris Heights, N.Y., by the New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Co., was free leased to the Navy, delivered on 21 July 1917.

Commissioned on 24 July 1917 and assigned to the Fourth Naval District, Chipper performed patrol duty at Philadelphia, Pa., and ferry duty at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.  In March 1918, Chipper was transferred to the Fifth Naval District where she remained until being returned to her owners on 24 March 1919.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

30 June 2022

Published: Thu Jun 30 19:47:10 EDT 2022