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Starling (SP 2981)


  • The first Starling was built in 1917 as Petrel by the Globe Shipbuilding Co., Superior, WI
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 June 1918
  • Commissioned USS Starling (SP 2981), 19 August 1918
  • Struck from the Navy list 24 February 1919 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 299 t.
  • Length 141' 5"
  • Beam 23' 3"
  • Draft 11' 6"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 42
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 450hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Starling 39k Namesake: Starling - Any passerine bird of the genus Sturnus or of the family, Sturnidae Tommy Trampp
    Ibis 131k Ibis (SP 3051 moored outboard. The sister-ship alongside may be Starling
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101968
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Photo added 29 April 2020

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