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Weepoose (S.P. 450)


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

(S.P. 450: tonnage 24 (gross register); length 60'0"; beam 12'3"; draft 3'6" (mean); speed 10.0 knots; complement 6; armament 1 1-pounder, 1 machine gun)

Weepoose, a wooden-hulled motor boat built at Salisbury, Md., in 1911 by the Salisbury Marine Construction Co., was acquired by the Navy from C. S. Thorne on 2 July 1917; given the identification number S.P. 450; and placed in commission on 22 October 1917.

Little is known of Weepoose's active naval career other than the fact that she served on net patrol in the Third Naval District, based (at least as of 1 February 1918) at Rosebank, Staten Island, N.Y. Like other vessels similar to her, she probably performed these duties up to the discontinuance of defensive "military patrols" on 24 November, less than two weeks after the Armistice.

No record has been found of the craft's decommissioning or even of her being stricken from the Navy Register. She was transferred to the Department of Agriculture on 28 September 1920, but no trace of her subsequent fate has been found.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

21 April 2022

Published: Fri Apr 22 00:00:22 EDT 2022