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Wasp (SP 1159)


  • Built in 1910 at Superior Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 June 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 3 November 1917 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Length 40'
  • Beam 9'
  • Draft 2' 9"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement: Five
  • Armament: One 1-pounder.
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    Wasp 64k

    Wasp - Any of numerous winged hymenopterus insects possessing smooth, slender bodies, and an abdomen attached by a narrow stalk. They have well developed wings, biting mouthparts, and often administer painful stings

    Tommy Trampp

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Wasp, a steel-hulled motorboat built in 1910 at the Superior Shipbuilding Co., was owned by W. S. Pattison of Duluth, Minn., in 1917, when the Navy inspected the ship, in the 9th Naval District, for possible service. She was assigned the classification S. P. 1159 but was never listed in the Naval Vessel Register. However, records indicate that Wasp was acquired by the Navy on a free-lease basis on 29 June 1917 and was used as a patrol craft by the 9th Naval District. She operated on the Great Lakes until returned to her owner on 3 November 1917.

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