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Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive

Lynx (SP 2)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal

Acquired Section Patrol Boat:
  • Designed by A. Loring Swasey
  • Built by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Completed for Nathaniel F. Ayer, Boston, MA, as unregistered motorboat Lynx, 1916
  • One of several motorboats built as private ventures for naval preparedness
  • Purchased by the Navy, 21 April 1917
  • Commissioned, 09 July 1917
  • Operated in Second Naval District at Newport, RI, July - August 1917
  • Served in Europe on aviation duty, 1917 - 1919
  • Returned to New York Navy Yard as deck cargo aboard Sagahadoc (ID-3311), 30 March 1919
  • Condemned after survey and appraisal, 24 May 1919
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 24 August 1919
  • Final disposition, disposed of by burning, 04 September 1919
    Hull Wood
    Displacement 7 tons
    Length 45' 0"
    Beam 10' 6"
    Draft 3' 0"
    Speed 25 knots
    Complement 8
    one 1pdr
    two Sterling six cylinder gasoline engines
    two shafts, 250hp
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    Size Image Description Source
    82k Any of the four extant species (the Canada lynx, Iberian lynx, Eurasian lynx and the bobcat) within the medium-sized wild cat genus Lynx. The name originated in Middle English via Latin from the Greek word lynx (Λύγξ),derived from the Indo-European root leuk- ("light", "brightness"), in reference to the luminescence of its reflective eyes. Tommy Trampp / Dave Wright
    USS Lynx (SP 2)
    71k Model of Swasey's 45-footer patrol design, which was built as Lynx.
    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants by Norman Firedman.
    Dave Wright
    71k Underway, probably while serving with the Coast Defense Reserve, likely during exercises off Boston in early September 1916. The numeral "9" on her stack indicates her number in the Volunteer Patrol Squadron, a prewar organization of boats belonging to patriotic yachtsmen.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 99547
    Robert Hurst
    469k Photographed at the Boston Navy Yard on 13 March 1917, with Navy personnel on board and a one-pounder mounted forward.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 102012
    462k As above. The cage masts of several battleships are in the distance, with the bow of USS Constitution visible at right.
    Naval History and Heritage Command NH 102013
    509k Tied up pierside at Boston, circa March 1917, while recruiting for the Boston Naval Reserve. Ensign Arthur Blake of the Reserve is at the wheel and an unnamed member of the crew mans the 1-pounder gun. This photo also appeared in various newspapers during late March 1917.
    Photo from The First World War at Sea in Photographs: 1917 by Phil Carradice
    Michael Nohl / Robert Hurst
    369k Underway off Boston Navy Yard, circa March/April 1917.
    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library
    289k Underway off Boston Navy Yard, circa March/April 1917. The bow of Warrington (Destroyer No. 30) is visible among the nested vessels in the background.
    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    1128k Newspaper article describing anti-submarine exercises involving Lynx off Boston, from the Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Times, 12 April 1917. Michael Mohl
    42k Lynx on active service in Boston Harbor, 1917. Image from Motor Boating, May 1917. Dave Wright
    682k A syndicate article that appeared in many US newspapers in June 1917. Junius Spencer Morgan III (1892-1960) was the son of J.P. Morgan, Jr., and grandson of J.P. Morgan, the famous bankers and financiers. Though the blurb states he was "chief gunner" and he is wearing a sailor's cap, Morgan was actually an Ensign in the USNRF, promoted to Lieutenant later in the war. During WWII, Morgan served in of the Office of Strategic Services as a Lt. Commander USNR. Showing him "at his gun" is perhaps ironic, as his father played a primary war in financing the Great War and could charitibly be described as a "war profiteer."

    Commanding Officers
    00ENS Charles Arthur Blake, USNRF - In command with the Massachusetts Naval Militia prior to commissioning06 April 1917 - 09 July 1917
    01ENS Arthur A. Thayer, USNRF09 July 1917 - ????
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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