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Herreshoff #308
(SP-2232; dp. 60; l. 112'5" ; b. 15'2" ; dr. 4'; s. 24 k.; a. 1 6-pdr.)

Named for the builder.

Herreshoff #308, a steel-hulled patrol boat, was built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. of Bristol, R.I., in 1917. She was contracted for by R. E. Tod, of New York City, who had asked Assistant Secretary of the Navy Roosevelt how he might contribute to the war effort and was told he might have a boat built for later sale to the Navy. Herreshoff #308 was accordingly bought by the Navy, taken over 21 February 1918, and commissioned 23 February at Newport, R.I.

After spending a short time at New London, Conn., fitting out with listening gear, Herreshoff #308 sailed 5 May in company with two other small craft (SP-1841 and SP-2235) for the Canal Zone, stopping at Charleston, Key West, and Guantanamo. She arrived at Cristobal 1 June 1918 and was assigned as a patrol vessel. For the next 2 years she was engaged in patrolling at Balboa and Colon, Canal Zone. Herreshoff #308 was loaned to the War Department for use by the governor of the Canal Zone 14 October 1920, used by the Canal Zone as a patrol craft, and returned to the Navy September 1923. She was striken from the Navy List 12 September 1923 and sold to J. A. Kenny, Brooklyn, N.Y., 27 May 1924.

Published: Thu Jul 16 07:34:15 EDT 2015