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Velocipede (SP 1258)

Motorboat: Built by the Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Height, NY; Acquired by the Navy, 27 October 1917; Commissioned, 14 November 1917; Returned to her owner, 6 February 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 25 t.; Length 60'; Beam 11' 8"; Draft 2' 11" (mean); Speed unknown; Complement eight; Armament one 1-pounder and one machine gun.

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Velocipede 148k Photographed soon after completion in 1917.
U.S.Navy photo 89775
Naval Historical Center
USS Velocipede (SP 1258)
Russ 69k USS Russ (SP-1151), at left, and USS Velocipede (SP-1258), at right, at Miami, Florida, 27 June 1918.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
U.S.Navy photo 80-G-1017184
Naval Historical Center
Velocipede 76k In Florida waters, near Miami, 31 July 1918.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
U.S.Navy photo 80-G-1017185
Naval Historical Center
Velocipede 117k Refitting at New York for the 1919 yachting season in the spring of that year. Many of these boats served as Navy section patrol ("SP") craft during World War I. Identifiable boats appear to include Velocipede (ex-Navy SP-1258), in the center, with bow toward camera, and Osprey II (ex-Navy SP-928) at far right.
Halftone photographic reproduction published on the front cover of "The Rudder" magazine, June 1919.
Courtesy of Robert F. Sumrall, 1972.
U.S.Navy photo NH 75650
Naval Historical Center

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: Velocipede (SP-1258)-a motor boat constructed at Morris Heights, N.J., by the Charles L. Seabury Co.- was acquired by the Navy on 27 October 1917 under free lease from Mr. K. C. Atwood, Jr., of New York City, N.Y., for use as an aeronautical patrol boat; and commissioned on 14 November 1917.

Assigned to the 7th Naval District, Velocipede served on patrol duties at the Naval Air Station, Miami, Fla., until after the armistice had ended hostilities on 11 November 1918. She remained in Navy hands until 6 February 1919 when she was returned to her owner.

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