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Satellite (SP 1012)


Yacht:

  • Built in 1887 by John F. Mumm at Brooklyn, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 July 1917
  • Commissioned 7 September 1917
  • Decommissioned 6 April 1918
  • Struck from the Naval list 30 March 1920 and sold for scrap.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 27 t.
  • Length 87'
  • Beam 12' 3"
  • Draft 5' 7"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement nine
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion steam.
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    Satellite 81k Photographed prior to her World War I Navy service.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102195
    Naval Historical Center
    Niagara 55k "USS Niagara (SP-263) and USS Satellite (SP-1012) moored with other unidentified Section Patrol Craft at the Key West (Florida) Naval Station (circa 1918). Both vessels were assigned to the 7th Naval District and were probably awaiting disposal at the end of WWI.
    Photo courtesy of State Archives of Florida - Records Collection #RC06510
    Don Wagner

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Soon after the United States entered World War I, Satellite, a wooden yacht, built during 1887 by John F. Mumm at Brooklyn, N.Y., was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve for Navy service. She was delivered to the Navy on 9 July 1917 by her owner, E. L. Sanborn of New York, and commissioned on 7 September 1917, BMC Thomas E. Roberts in command.

    Assigned to local duty within the 7th Naval District, Satellite was based at Key West, Fla., during her World War I service. She trained crews of new submarine chasers about to be commissioned, by a vigorous schedule of seamanship drills and gunnery exercises, until inactivated about 6 April 1918 for overhaul. Not returned to full service because of boiler trouble, Satellite was struck from the Navy list on 30 March 1920 and subsequently sold
    for scrapping.

    Courtesy of Ramon Jackson


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