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ex-Raven III (SP 103)

Motorboat: Built in 1916 by Purdy Boat Co., Miami Beach, FL; Acquired by the Navy, 14 June 1917; Commissioned USS Raven III (SP 103), 5 October 1917; Renamed SP-103 soon after commissioning; Sank accidently, 12 September 1919 and later sold. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement six t.; Length 50'; Beam 9'; Draft 2' "; Speed 27.7 kts.; Complement six; Armament one 1-pounder; Propulsion two 400ihp Charles L. Seabury gasoline engines, two shafts.

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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Raven III (SP-103), a motorboat built in 1916 by Purdy Boat Co., Miami Beach, Fla., was purchased by the Navy from Purdy Boat Co., 14 June 1917; delivered 28 June 1917; and commissioned 5 October 1917 at Key West, Fla., MM2c Gordon Stanford, USNRF, in command. Soon after commissioning Raven III was renamed SP-103 and attached to Section 4 of the 7th Naval District coast defense force in World War I as a patrol craft working with the training facility at Key West. She sank accidentally 12 September 1919 and was later sold to Stewart McDonald, Moon Motor Car Co., St. Louis, Mo.
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