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Willoughby (SP 2129)


Ferry: Built in 1903 as Augustus J. Phillips at South Rondout, NY; Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Willoughby (SP 2129), 8 February 1918; Decommissioned and returned to her owner 26 September 1919. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 147 t.; Length 104' 5"; Beam 22'; Draft unknown; Depth of hold 6' 8"; Speed unknown; Complement 17; Armament none.
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Willoughby 94k In port, circa 1918.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99589
Naval Historical Center
Willoughby 84k In port, circa 1918, probably in the vicinity of Norfolk, Virginia.
U.S. Navy photo NH 102567
Naval Historical Center
Willoughby 76k Photographed circa 1918, probably in the vicinity of Hampton Roads, Virginia.
U.S. Navy photo NH 102568
Naval Historical Center

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History: The first Willoughby (SP-2129)—a wooden-hulled ferry—was originally built in 1903 at South Rondout, N.Y., as Augustus J. Phillips. Chartered by the Navy from the Chesapeake Ferry Co. of Portsmouth, Va., for local district patrol duties in World War I, Willoughby was assigned the classification SP-2129 and commissioned on 8 February 1918. She operated in the 5th Naval District for the duration of World War I and was ultimately decommissioned and returned to her pre-war owners, the Chesapeake Ferry Co., on 26 September 1919.
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