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Osprey II (SP 928)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Watch - Cast - Rush


  • Built by William Whittlesey, Long Island City, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 10 August 1917
  • Commissioned 5 November 1917
  • Decommissioned 26 December 1918 at Morris Heights, NY, struck from the Navy Register and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 44 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 14'
  • Draft 4'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement: Three
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one machine gun
  • Propulsion: One gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Motorboat Osprey II
    Osprey 44k Namesake: Osprey - A large hawk-like bird with a dark brown back and a white breast, found in most countries of the world Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 26 February 2020
    Osprey II 82k Photographed prior to World War I.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 101362
    Robert Hurst
    USS Osprey II (SP 928)
    Osprey II 90k With other Section Patrol craft in an icy harbor, circa 1917-1918
    U.S.Navy photo NH 102082
    Naval Historical Center
    Motorboat Osprey II
    Velocipede 117k Refitting at New York for the 1919 yachting season in the spring of that year. Many of these boats served as Navy section patrol ("SP") craft during World War I. Identifiable boats appear to include Velocipede (ex-Navy SP-1258), in the center, with bow toward camera, and Osprey II (ex-Navy SP-928) at far right.
    Halftone photographic reproduction published on the front cover of "The Rudder" magazine, June 1919
    Courtesy of Robert F. Sumrall, 1972
    U.S.Navy photo NH 75650
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01Chief Boatswain's Mate Arthur Vernon Walters, USN5 November 1917 - 1918
    02LT Murry Wolffe, USNR1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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