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ex-Virginia (SP 746)

Virginia served both the State of Maine and the U. S. Navy


  • Built in 1906 at City Island, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 May 1917 and commissioned USS Virginia (SP 746)
  • Delivered to the Navy 28 June 1917
  • Renamed SP-746 in early 1918 to avoid confusion with the battleship Virginia (BB 13)
  • Struck from the Navy list 28 January 1919 and returned to the State of Maine
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 26 t.
  • Length 61' 7"
  • Beam 10' 5"
  • Draft 3' 6"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement: Six
  • Armament: One machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 75hp 4-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    SP-746 75k Tom Nye
    SP-746 102k U.S. Navy photo NH 89757-A Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Virginia—a motor boat built in 1906 at City Island, N.Y., and used by the Maine lobster warden—was acquired by the Navy on 13 July 1917 under free lease from the state of Maine. Though officially designated SP-746 on the Navy list, Virginia retained her name informally while in naval service. The Navy Directory for 1918 lists her as Virginia (SP-746) and indicates that she was assigned to the 1st Naval District. The vessel, under the command of Boatswain A. D. Closson, USNRF, conducted patrols out of the section base located at Machias, Maine. She served the Navy until she was returned to her owner on 28 January 1919 when her name was struck from the Navy list.

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