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Whippet I (S.P. 89)


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


(S.P. 89: displacement 21; length 72'0"; beam 12'0"; draft 3'3" (aft); speed 23.0 knots (maximum), 20.0 knots (cruising); complement 11; armament 1 1-pouinder, 1 machine gun)

The first Whippet (S. P. 89), a twin-screw motor boat built in 1917 at Greenport, Long Island, N.Y., by the Greenport Basin & Construction Co. was acquired by the Navy on 9 July 1917 under free lease from Mr. O. C. Jennings of New York City and was placed in commission on 24 July 1917.

Whippet conducted anti-submarine and coastal defense patrols in the Second Naval District during the Great War [World War I]. On 11 January 1919, she was decommissioned, stricken from the Navy Register, and returned to her owner.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

29 March 2022

Published: Tue Mar 29 11:50:57 EDT 2022