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Eaglet (S.P. 909)


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

(S.P. 909: register tonnage 62 (gross); length 87'9" (overall); beam 15'0"; draft 4'5"; speed 16.0 knots (cruising); complement 11; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 machine gun)

The wooden-hulled, twin-screw motor boat Eaglet, built in 1911 at Port Jefferson, N.Y., by J.M. Bayless & Sons, was acquired by the Navy from F.L. Budlong in 1917, and delivered on 16 June 1917. Less than a fortnight later, Eaglet, given the identification number S.P. 909, was commissioned on 29 June 1917 and assigned to section patrol duties in the Second Naval District, and later in the First Naval District.

Retained by the Navy after the close of the Great War [World War I], Eaglet was classified as a district patrol vessel (YP). She was designated as YP-909 on 17 July 1920 (her new number identical to the S.P. number she carried during the war). Eaglet, along with the motor boat Daraga (YP-43), was loaned to the City of Norfolk, Virginia, on 27 August 1920. Ultimately, Eaglet was decommissioned and stricken; transferred back to the First Naval District, she was sold on 14 July 1921.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

22 February 2022

Published: Tue Feb 22 13:41:46 EST 2022