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Raazoo (SP 508)



Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Fox - King - Cast

Motorboat:

  • Built in 1916 as Boomerang II by Robert Jacobs, City Island, NY
  • Renamed Raazoo
  • Acquired by the Navy 2 June 1917
  • Commissioned USS Raazoo (SP 508), 21 July 1917
  • Returned to her owner 3 May 1919
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 22 t.
  • Length 62'
  • Beam 10' 6"
  • Draft 3'
  • Speed 27 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 100ihp gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Raazoo 82k In port during World War I.
    US Navy Photo NH 102150
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Raazoo (SP-508), formerly Boomerang II, was built in 1916 by Robert Jacobs, City Island, N.Y.; acquired by the Navy 2 June 1917 under free lease from Edward G. Burghard, New York, N.Y.; and commissioned 21 July 1917, Chief Boatswain Mate Edward G. Burghard, USNRF, in command.

    During World War I, Raazoo was assigned to Squadron 11, Division 32 of the Atlantic Fleet. Attached to the 3d Naval District, she served first as a dispatch boat in the New York Marine Basin and later as an experimental ship with the Rockaway Naval Air Station and the Montauk Point Naval Air Station. Raazoo was returned to her owner 3 May 1919.


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