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Lu-O-La (SP 520)


  • Built in 1912 by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 August 1917
  • Commissioned 17 September 1917
  • Decommissioned 10 January 1919 and returned to her owner the same day
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 6 t.
  • Length 50'
  • Beam 7' 9"
  • Draft 1' 9"
  • Speed 23 kts.
  • Complement: Six
  • Armament: One .30 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 70hp 6-cylinder Lamb gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Lu-O-La, a motorboat, was built in 1912 by George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, Mass.; acquired by the Navy under free lease 1 May 1917 from her owner, James Sprunt, Wilmington, N.C.; enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve 8 June 1917; taken over 24 August 1917; and commissioned 17 September 1917 at Wilmington, Ens. O. D. Burriss, USNRF,
    in command.

    Assigned to the 6th Naval District, Charleston, S.C., Lu-O-La throughout World War I operated out of Wilmington, N.C. Serving as a dispatch and harbor boat, she performed messenger duty out of Wilmington and patrolled between Wilmington and Cape Fear while engaged in dispatch duty. After the Armistice, she decommissioned 10 January 1919 and was returned to her owner the same day.

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