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Sea Otter (SP 781)


Motor Boat: Built in 1911 by the Britt Brothers, Lynn, MA; Acquired by the Navy 11 June 1917 and commissioned the same day; Decommissioned, (date unknown); Struck from the Navy list 7 November 1919; Sold 16 January 1920 to Joseph Guild of Boston, MA. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement six t.; Length 40'; Beam 10' 1"; Draft 3' 6"; Speed 10 kts.; Complement six; Armament one 1-pounder and one Colt machine gun.


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Sea Otter 110k In port with many other Section Patrol craft, probably while awaiting disposal in 1919. USS Daiquiri (SP-1285) is in the right background. Second boat inboard of Sea Otter is USS Patrol # 10 (SP-85).
USN Photo NH 102199
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: On 11 June 1917, soon after the United States entered World War I, Sea Otter, a wooden boat built during 1911 by Britt Brothers, Lynn Mass., was acquired by the Navy from Hugh L. Willoughby of Newport, R. I.; and placed in service the same day.

Sea Otter served as a supply vessel on the east coast of the United States until placed out of service at war's end. Struck from the Navy list on 7 November 1919 Sea Otter was sold on 16 January 1920 to Joseph Guild of Boston.


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