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Blue Bird (SP 465)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Cast - Pup - George



Civilian call sign (1941):
King - Love - Peter - Easy

Motorboat:

  • Built in 1911 as Houqua by the Matthews Co., Port Clinton, OH for Henry B. Pancoast, Jr. of Philadedlphia, PA
  • Renamed Parthenia and Blue Bird
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 June 1917
  • Commissioned USS Blue Bird (SP 465), 17 December 1917
  • Returned to her owner 7 February 1919
  • Remained in use as a pleasure craft until about 1950
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 36 t.
    1941 - 24 t.
  • Length 69' 6"
    1941 - 72'
  • Beam 12.4'
    1941 - 12'
  • Draft 6.7'
    1941 - 5' 9"
  • Complement: Three (civilian)
  • Propulsion: Two 80ihp gasoline engines, two shafts
    1941 - Two 6-cylinder Lathrop gasoline engines.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Blue Bird 108k Underway prior to World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 95903
    Naval Historical Center
    Blue Bird 172k In port, circa the late summer or fall of 1918. USS Progressive (ID 2003) is tied up alongside Westchester (SP 3103). The bow of Blue Bird is visible at left. USS Mustang (SP-36) is in the left middle distance.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102370
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:

    Bluebird

    The bluebird is a small North American songbird.

    SP-465, a 67-foot motor boat of 1917-19, was also known as Blue Bird.


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