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Florence (SP 173)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Rush - Mike - Tare

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1903 as Quickstep by Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI
  • Renamed Florence
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Florence (SP 173), 29 August 1917
  • Decommissioned 22 February 1919 and returned to her owner, James W. Aker of New York City
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 104 t.
  • Length 124'
  • Beam 18' 3"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament one 6-pounder and two 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: One 250ihp steam engine, one shaft.
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    Florence 50k Photographed prior to her World War I era Naval service.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101712
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