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Raccoon I (S.P. 506)


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


(S.P. 506: tonnage 16; length 50'; beam 10'1"; draft 3'6"; speed 22 knots; complement 6; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 machine gun)

The first Raccoon, launched during 1915 at Neponset, Mass., by George Lawley & Son, was acquired by the U.S. Navy on 5 May 1917 from her owner, Francis W. Fabyan of Cambridge, Mass.; and commissioned the same day, CBM M. B. Saportas in command.

Raccoon operated on patrol duty out of New London, Conn., until December 1917 when she was transferred to Newport, R.I. She landed her armament on 3 December 1918, wiothin a month of the end of the Great War, and was returned to her owner on 17 January 1919.

Following two subsequent changes in ownership, Raccoon was renamed Constance in 1924, but disappeared from mercantile registers the following year.

07 September 2004

Published: Tue Oct 20 12:14:09 EDT 2020