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YP-68
ex-Psyche V (SP 9)


Psyche V served both the U. S. Navy and the Department of Commerce

Motorboat:

  • Built in 1911 as Achelous by Fred S. Nock, East Greenwich, RI for Edward P. Larson, Esq. of New York, NY
  • Sold to M. S. Bentham of New Rochelle, NY and renamed Psyche V
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 April 1917
  • Delivered 2 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Psyche V (SP 9), 15 June 1917 at New York, NY
  • Transferred to the Bureau of Navigation, Department of Commerce 16 June 1919
  • Used as an inspection boat between 1919 - 1932 on the Great Lakes in the summer months and the North Carolina Sounds in the winter months
  • Purchased by the Navy in 1936 placed in service and assigned to the 9th Naval District at Chicago, IL as a Reserve Training vessel (it is believed that she was reclassified as YP-68 at this time)
  • Ordered to active service she departed Chicago 5 November 1940 in company with SC-330 for the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Ordered back to Chicago 14 November 1940, after being damaged by a storm
  • She was further damaged while under repairs in drydock and condemned
  • Towed from the Naval Armory Chicago 17 November 1941 to Wilmette, IL
  • After removing her engines and tackle on 18 November 1941 she was hauled overland to Barrington, IL where she would serve as a dry land training ship and clubhouse for Sea Scouts
  • Christened 15 November 1942 at the Sea Scout base at Barrington
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 43 t.
  • Length 75'
  • Beam 13' 6"
  • Draft 4' 4½"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 11
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 60hp 4-cylinder Murray and Tregurtha gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Psyche V 111k c. 1917
    Psyche V at time of U.S. Navy acquisition
    Library of Congress photo LC-B2-3948-14
    Mike Green
    Psyche V 97k In port during World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102143
    Naval Historical Center

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