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USLHT Poinsettia
ex-USS SP-263
ex-USS Niagara (SP 263)

Niagara served both the U. S. Navy and Lighthouse Service

Motorboat:

  • Built in 1915 by E. A. Fonda, Miami, FL
  • Purchased by the Navy 5 July 1917 and commissioned USS Niagara (SP 263)
  • Renamed SP-263, 11 April 1918
  • Transferred to the Lighthouse Service 29 May 1919 and renamed USLHT Poinsettia
  • Decommissioned 21 April 1922 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and sold
  • Destroyed by fire on 27 December 1928.

    Specifications

  • Displacement 33 t.
    Poinsettia 50 t.
  • Length 50'
  • Beam 16'
  • Draft 2' 9"
  • Speed 10.4 kts.
  • Complement five
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 50hp gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Niagara
    Niagara 101k Hauled out of the water, circa 1915-1917. Note her shallow draft, recorded as 2 feet forward and 3 1/2 feet aft
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 103546
    Robert Hurst
    Niagara 194k Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken circa 1915-1917
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 103547
    USS Niagara (SP 263)
    Niagara 66k Photographed circa 1917-1918.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102065
    Naval Historical Center
    USS SP-263
    Niagara 55k SP-263 and USS Satellite (SP-1012) moored with other unidentified Section Patrol Craft at the Key West (Florida) Naval Station (circa 1918). Both vessels were assigned to the 7th Naval District and were probably awaiting disposal at the end of WWI.
    Photo courtesy of State Archives of Florida - Records Collection RC06510
    Don Wagner

    View the Niagara (SP 263)
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval Historical Center website
    View the USLHT Poinsetta
    USCG history entry located on the U.S. Coast Guard Naval History website

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