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Sea Gull III (S. P. 223)

(SP-223: t. 38; l. 83'; b. 11'; dr. 4'10"; dph. 6'; s 15 k.; a. 1 1-pdr.)

A long-winged, web-footed bird frequenting the sea.


The third Sea Gull, a wooden yacht built during 1910 as Tonis by New York Yacht, Launch, & Engine Co., Morris Heights, N.Y., was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve on 28 April 1917 following the entry of the United States into World War I. Placed in service on 16 May 1917, Boatswain George V. Lewis, USNRP, in charge, she was officially acquired by the Navy on 18 May 1917.

Sea Gull patrolled the waters of the 5th Naval District during her World War I service. She was based at Hampton Roads, Va., until 3 July 1918 when she was transferred to Baltimore, Md. Placed out of service late in 1918, Sea Gull was struck from the Navy list; sold for scrapping to J. W. Dennis of Ocean View, Va., and removed from her Navy berth on 6 April 1920.

Published: Tue Feb 16 13:08:51 EST 2016