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Raven III (S. P. 103)


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

(S. P. 103: displacement 6; length 50'; beam 9'; draft 2'; speed 27.7 knots; complement 6; armament 1 1-pounder)

Raven III -- a motorboat built in 1916 at Miami Beach, Fla., by the Purdy Boat Co. -- was purchased by the Navy from her builder on 14 June 1917; delivered on 28 June 1917; and commissioned at Key West, Fla., on 5 October 1917, MM2c Gordon Stanford, USNRF, in command.

Soon after commissioning, Raven III was renamed S. P. 103 and attached to Section 4 of the Seventh Naval District coast defense force during the Great War as a patrol craft working with the training facility at Key West. She sank accidentally on 12 September 1919 and was later sold to Stewart McDonald, Moon Motor Car Co., St. Louis, Mo.

23 September 2005

Published: Sun Aug 11 00:40:03 EDT 2019