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Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive
ex-Raven III (SP 103)
Motorboat:Built in 1916 by Purdy Boat Co., Miami Beach, FLAcquired by the Navy 14 June 1917Commissioned USS Raven III (SP 103), 5 October 1917Renamed SP-103 soon after commissioningSank accidently 12 September 1919 and later soldFate unknown.
Specifications:Displacement 6 t.Length 50'Beam 9'Draft 2' ½"Speed 27.7 kts.Complement: SixArmament: One 1-pounderPropulsion: Two 8-cylinder 200hp Charles L. Seabury gasoline engines, two shafts.
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||Namesake: Raven - A large, black bird of the crow family
Photo added 21 March 2020
||Photo from the April 1917 edition of The Rudder
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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