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Mystery (SP 2744)

Trawler: Built in 1886 by A. G. Brown, Tottenville, NY; Acquired by the Navy 20 August 1918; Commissioned 2 September 1918; Returned to her owner 18 January 1919. Fate unknown.

Note: On Mystery's number: USS Mystery carried an "S.P." number painted on her bow. However, as was the case for many higher-numbered Section Patrol vessels, her official data card cites her registry number as "ID No. 2744", rather than "S.P. 2744", as would have been a typical data card citation for lower-numbered vessels.

Specifications: Displacement 212 t.; Length 106' 6"; Beam 20' 6"; Draft 6' 6"; Speed 8 kts.; Complement eight; Armament none.

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Mystery 116k In port, probably in the New York City area when she was inspected by the Third Naval District on 7 May 1918.
U.S. Navy photo NH 99683
Naval Historical Center
Mystery 81k Photographed circa 1918.
U.S. Navy photo NH 102045
Naval Historical Center

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The second Mystery (SP-2744), a converted fishing trawler, was built in 1886 by A. G. Brown, Tottenville, N.Y.; chartered by the Navy from Empire Water Co., Inc., of New York City, 18 July 1918; taken over 20 August 1918; and commissioned 2 September 1918.

Assigned to the 3d Naval District, Mystery served as a support ship for minesweepers operating in the approaches to New York harbor. Following the Armistice, she was returned to her owner 18 January 1919.

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