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Barracuda I (Motorboat)

(Motorboat: tonnage 30; length 60'0"; beam 11'0"; draft 3'6" (mean); speed 15 knots; complement 8; armament 1 1 pounder, 1 machine gun)

Any of several large, voracious fishes of warm oceans related to the gray mullets.
Barracuda (SS-21) was renamed F-2 (q.v.) on 17 November 1911.


The motorboat Barracuda, built in 1912 at Marblehead, Masschusetts, by James E. Graves, was acquired by the Navy on 18 June 1917 on free lease from Mr. R. W. McEwan. Given the designation SP-845, she was commissioned on 31 October 1917, Boatswain Seward Scharff, USNRF, in command. Assigned to the section patrol, 3d Naval District, Barracuda spent her entire naval career patrolling the waters around New York. Decommissioned on 13 February 1919, she was returned to her owner.

Raymond A. Mann
24 February 2006

Published: Wed Jan 20 12:54:34 EST 2016