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War Bug (SP 1795)


  • Built in 1917 as Herreshoff 320 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI
  • Renamed War Bug
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 November 1917
  • Commissioned USS War Bug (SP 1795), 17 November 1917
  • Decommissioned 28 December 1918
  • Struck from the Navy Register 30 June 1919 and sold to Edwin Farnsworth Atkins and Co. of Boston, MA
  • Registered in 1927 to Harry Preston of Bridgeport, CT as the yacht Warbug
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 12 t.
    1927 - 26 t.
  • Length 62' 4"
    1927 - 59.3'
  • Beam 10' 11"
    1927 - 10.9'
  • Draft 2' 9"
    1927 - 6'
  • Speed 25 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
    1927 - Three
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: Two 8-cylinder 200hp Van Blerck gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    St. Sebastian 52k Moored in port, circa 1917-1919. USS St. Sebastian (SP 470) is in the foreground
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102172
    Naval Historical Center
    War Bug 82k In port, circa 1917-1919
    U.S. Navy photos NH 102198 and NH 102509
    War Bug 95k

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: War Bug--a wooden-hulled motor boat completed in 1917 at Bristol, R.I., by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co.--was purchased by the Navy from Felix Warburg of New York City on 6 November 1917.

    Designated SP-1795 and commissioned on 17 November 1917, War Bug was assigned to the 1st Naval District and served in waters near Boston through the end of World War I. Decommissioned on 28 December 1918, she was sold on 30 June 1919 to E. Atkins and Co., of Boston.

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