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Joy (SP 643)


Yacht: Built in 1905 as Dodger by B. F. Wood, City Island, NY; Acquired by the Navy in June 1917 and commissioned USS Joy (SP 643); Returned to her owners 6 May 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 41 t.; Length 93'; Beam 11'; Draft 4'; Speed 23 kts.; Complement 12; Armament one machine gun.


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Joy 86k Joya light steel plated yacht designed by William Gardner.
City Island Nautical Museum photo
Tom Nye

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Joy (SP-643), ex-Dodger, was built by B. F. Wood, City Island, N.Y. in 1905, and acquired by the Navy in June 1917 from her owners, T. M. Jones, and P. C. Kauffman of Newport, R.I.

The motor yacht was assigned to the 2d Naval District, Newport, R.I., and was used on patrol only a short time before being declared unserviceable. She was finally returned to her owners 6 May 1919.


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