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Liberty III (SP 1229)


Built in 1896 at Gloucester, MA; Acquired by the Navy, 10 September 1917 from the Boston Pilots Relief Society; Commissioned USS Liberty III (SP-1229), 21 September 1917; Decommissioned 8 January 1919 and returned to her owner. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 96 t.; Length 100'; Beam 24'; Draft 12' 5"; Speed 8.5 kts.; Complement 10; Armament none; Propulsion sail.
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Liberty III 76k Probably photographed at about the time she was taken over for Naval Service.
USN Photo NH 102007
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Liberty III, an auxlIiary pilot boat, was built in 1896 by John Bishop, Gloucester, Mass.; acquired by the Navy under free lease 10 September 1917 from her owner, Boston Pilots Relief Society; enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve 15 September 1917; and commissioned 21 September 1917 at Boston, Ens. Murdoch McLean USNRF, in command.

Assigned to the 1st Naval District, Boston, Mass., Liberty III served throughout World War I as a harbor entrance patrol boat, guiding the movements of ships that navigated the defensive sea area of the port of Boston. After the Armistice, she decommissioned 8 January 1919 at Boston and was returned to her owner the same day.

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