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Nightingale (SP 523)

Built by C. W. Ferguson, Groton, CT; Acquired by the Navy, 11 June 1917; Commissioned, 29 June 1917; Placed out of service, 8 September 1919; Struck from the Naval Register, 27 March 1919; Sold, 15 December 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 14 t.; Length 46'; Beam 16'; Draft 2'; Speed 13.9 kts.; Complement 11; Armament one 1-pounder and one machine gun.
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Nightingale 61k Photographed prior to her World War I Navy service.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The second Nightingale, a motorboat built by C. W. Ferguson, Groton, Conn., was acquired by the Navy from J. L. Hubbard Groton, 11 June 1917 and commissioned 29 June 1917 at Newport, Ens. Franklin Farrel in command.

Operating in the 2nd Naval District, and based at Newport R.I. during World War I, Nightingale patrolled the experimental submarine zone off New London throughout the fall, inspecting commercial vessels for district licenses and alternating duties with Magistrate (SP-143), patrolling the harbor entrance. On special duty 18 September, she maneuvered with a Chilean sub off Fishers Island. Continuing patrol duty, Nightingale directed all commercial traffic from the experimental zone 31 October, shifting station to Fishers Island Sound 11 November. Relieved by Daraga (SP-43) the 13th, she thereafter alternated duties with Daraga off New London, Fishers Island, and Stonington, Conn., and later with Magistrate (SP-143) and Kingfisher (SP-76).

Nightingale continued on patrol until 8 September 1919 when she was placed out of service. She was sold to G. A. Ford Yachts Ageney, New York City 15 December 1919.

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