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Audwin (S.P. 451)


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

(S.P. 451: displacement 12.5'; 1ength 60'0"; beam 12'6"; draft3'6" (aft); speed 10 miles per hour; complement 9; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 machine gun)

Audwin  a motor boat built in 1911 at Morris Heights N.Y., by the New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Co., was purchased by the Navy from M. C. Kimball, New York City, on 30 June 1917 and was placed in commission there on 5 November 1917, Ens. Charles Laufer, USNRF, in command.

From commissioning to May 1918, the motor boat , given the identification numb er S.P. 451, patrolled the coastal waters of the Third Naval District. In May 1918, she moved to the Great Lakes and spent the remainder of World War I in the Ninth Naval District, operating out of Detroit, Mich. In November 1918, Audwin returned to New York and resumed duty in the Third Naval District. She continued that service until 27 March 1919 when she was decommissioned and transferred to the Coast & Geodetic Survey. Her name was stricken from the Navy Register that same day.

Raymond A. Mann

Updated, Robert J. C ressman

21 September 2022

Published: Wed Sep 21 23:53:43 EDT 2022