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Dauntless (SP 1002)


  • Built in 1917 by W. Frank Harrison of Essex, CT for Roy T.H. Barnes of Hartford, CT
  • Launched 7 July 1917
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 September 1917
  • Commissioned 1 October 1917
  • Returned to her owner 17 May 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Length 45'
  • Beam 8' 6"
  • Draft 2'
  • Speed 30 kts.
  • Complement: Five
  • Armament: One machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 400hp 8-cylinder Dusenberg gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Dauntless 86k In a boat house, possibly that of her builder, W. Frank Harrison, of Essex, Connecticut, prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101430
    Naval Historical Center
    Dauntless 111k Photo from the September 1917 edition of The Rudder magazine Joe Radigan
    Photo added 26 December 2019

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:


    Bold; fearless; intrepid.

    The first Dauntless (No. 1002), a motor boat, served in the 2d Naval District at Newport [RI] during World War I.

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