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Quest (SP 171)

Motor Boat:

  • The first Quest was built in 1916 as Whippet by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, Long Island, NY
  • Renamed Quest
  • Acquired by the Navy 26 July 1917
  • Commissioned USS Quest (SP 171), 8 September 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 7 January 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 12.5 t.
  • Length 60'
  • Beam 10'
  • Draft 3'
  • Speed 22 kts.
  • Complement: Eight
  • Armament: Two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 180hp 8-cylinder Van Blerck gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Quest 82k In port during World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102144
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Quest (SP-171) was built in 1916 by the Greenport Basin and Drydock Co., Long Island, N.Y., for Lt. Comdr. Daniel Bacon. She was chartered by the Navy 26 July 1917, and commissioned 8 September 1917, Quartermaster Henry J. Baker, USNRF, in command.

    Quest was assigned to the 2d Naval District and performed section patrol duty out of New Bedford, [MA] until returned to her owner 7 January 1919 at Greenport, N.Y.

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