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Magistrate (S.P. 143)

1917-1919

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

(S.P. 143: tonnage 44 (gross); length 63'0" (overall); beam 15'8"; draft 4'0" (mean); speed 10 knots; complement 14; armament 1 1‑pounder, 1 machine gun)

Magistrate—a wooden hull single-screw motor boat built in 1916 at Bristol, R.I., by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co.—was acquired by the Navy under free lease from Henry S. Vanderbilt of New York City on 1 May 1917; delivered on 14 May 1917; and, assigned the identification number S.P. 143, was commissioned on 24 May 1917, Ens. Walter J. Daley, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the Second Naval District, Magistrate patrolled the waters at the eastern end of Long Island Sound while operating on section patrol duties out of New London, Conn. Following the end of the Great War, she was returned to her owner on 15 February 1919.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

11 March 2021

Published: Thu Mar 11 23:38:12 EST 2021