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Mustang I (S.P. 36)


The first Mustang retained the name she carried at the time of her acquisition.


(S.P. 36: tonnage 37 (gross register); length 65'0"(overall); beam12'6"; draft 4'0"(mean); speed 12.0 knots (maximum), 8.6 knots (cruising); complement 9; armament 1 1‑pounder)

The first Mustang, a wooden‑hulled, single-screw, gas‑powered yacht, built at St. Joseph, Mich., by the National Boat & Electric Co., in 1911, was purchased by the Navy from her owner, Henry S. Beardsley of New York City, 6 July 1917 for section patrol duties. Given the identification number S.P. 36, Mustang was commissioned on 2 October 1917, Chief Boatswain Arthur Daunt, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the Third Naval District, Mustang operated out of Section Base No. 7, Whitestone, Long Island, N.Y., during the Great War [World War I]. She patrolled the western reaches of Long Island Sound and the approaches to the East River. Following the Armistice [11 November 1918], she was sold to Allen N. Spooner & Son of New York City on 23 July 1919.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

9 August 2022

Published: Tue Aug 09 17:49:40 EDT 2022