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Cigarette (SP 1234)



Call sign:
George - Quack - King - Rush


Call sign (1919):
Nan - Unit - Cast - Jig

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1905 by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA for C. A. Wood of Cambridge, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 September 1917
  • Commissioned USS Cigarette (SP 1234), 19 September 1917
  • Decommissioned in July 1919
  • Sold 29 October 1920 and renamed Pocantico
  • Scrapped in 1930.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 99 t.
  • Length 125' 4"
  • Beam 14' 8"
  • Draft 4' 3"
  • Speed 22 kts.
  • Complement 21
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Lawley boilers, two 225hp triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Cigarette 86k At the George Lawley & Son shipyard, Neponset, Massachusetts, probably while being prepared for Navy service, circa June 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99910
    Naval Historical Center
    Cigarette 101k Docked at a New England port, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99909
    Cigarette 73k Photographed in port, prior to her World War I era Naval service. The photograph has been roughly retouched to indicate Cigarette's mast and to note a mast belonging to another craft.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101398
    Cigarette 102k At Essex, Connecticut, circa summer 1917.
    Collection of George K. Beach.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99911
    Cigarette 103k Crewmen "taking life easy" on deck, probably at Essex, Connecticut, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99914
    Cigarette 78k "Preparing to sail" probably at Essex, Connecticut, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99916
    Cigarette 103k Airing bedding on her after awning frame, while in a New England port, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99919
    Cigarette 120k In port, probably at Essex, Connecticut, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99923
    Cigarette 74k Boatswain Merrill Greenleaf, USNRF on board USS Cigarette (SP-1234), circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 99907
    Bill Gonyo
    Cigarette 104k Ship's officers and crew on board at Martha's Vinyard, Massachusetts, circa summer-fall 1917. The officer standing 4th from right is Boatswain Merrill Greenleaf, USNRF
    Collection of George K. Beach
    Naval Historical and Heritage Command photo NH 99906
    Robert Hurst
    Cigarette 79k Five of the ship's crewmen seated on her forward deckhouse, circa summer 1917. Four of them are identified on the original print as (from left to right): Wilson, Morris, Fiske
    and Badger
    Collection of George K. Beach
    Naval Historical and Heritage Command photo NH 99908
    Cigarette 119k "The Gang": crew members posed on her starboard bridge and forward deckhouse, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    Naval Historical and Heritage Command photo NH 99912
    Cigarette 103k Eleven of the ship's crewmen posed with one of her life rings, at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, circa summer 1917. Ten of them are identified on the original print as (from left to right): Fiske, Ray, Wilson, Rowe, Wood, Cheesy (?), George K. Beach (directly behind life ring), Mark, Whorf, and Morris
    Collection of George K. Beach
    Naval Historical and Heritage Command photo NH 99913
    Cigarette 116k Crewmen using galvanized pails to carry coal to the ship, at Essex, Connecticut, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    Naval Historical and Heritage Command photo NH 99917
    Cigarette 103k Painting the ship's after smokestack, probably at Essex, Connecticut, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    Naval Historical and Heritage Command photo NH 99918
    Cigarette 124k Crewmen on the ship's bridge, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    Naval Historical and Heritage Command photo NH 99921
    Cigarette 81k Liberty party prepares to leave the ship, circa summer 1917. Four of them are identified on the original print as (from left to right): Wilson, Morris, Fiske and Badger
    Collection of George K. Beach
    Naval Historical and Heritage Command photo NH 99922
    Cigarette 71k Photograph may have been taken at the Boston Navy Yard on or about 17 September 1917, when Cigarette was delivered to the Navy. Masts in the right center distance appear to belong to USS Constitution
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99888
    Naval Historical Center
    Cigarette 160k David Wright

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