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Lynx (SP 2)


  • Built in 1916 by the George Lawley and Sons Corp., Neponset, MA
  • Purchased by the Navy 21 April 1917
  • Commissioned 9 July 1917
  • Struck from the Navy Register 24 August 1919
  • Disposed of by burning 4 September 1919.


  • Displacement 7 t.
  • Length 45'
  • Beam 10' 6"
  • Draft 3'
  • Speed 25 kts.
  • Complement eight
  • Armament: One 1-pounder.
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    Lynx 82k

    Lynx - Any of a group of wildcats found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, most commonly known as the bobcat or wildcat

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 2 November 2020
    Lynx 85k Underway, circa, 1916, probably while serving with the Coast Defence Reserve. The numeral "9" on her stack, is possibly a division number
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99547
    Robert Hurst
    Lynx 108k Photographed at the Boston Navy Yard on 13 March 1917, with Navy personnel on board and a gun mounted
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102012
    Naval Historical Center
    Lynx 93k Photographed at the Boston Navy Yard on 13 March 1917, with Navy personnel on board and a gun mounted. Several battleships are in the distance. The bow of USS Constitution is at right
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102013
    Lynx 127k Newspaper clipping from the 22 March 1917 edition of the New York Tribune, New York, NY Michael Mohl
    Lynx 369k c. April 1917
    Boston, MA
    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library
    Lynx 289k c. April 1917
    Boston, MA
    The bow of Warrington (DD 30) is in the background
    Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Lynx 509k c. April 1917
    Boston MA
    Tied up pierside, while recruiting for the Boston Naval Reserve. Ensign Arthur Blake, of the Reserve, is at the wheel and an unnamed member of the crew mans the 1-pounder gun.
    Photo from The First World War at Sea in Photographs: 1917, by Phil Carradice
    Robert Hurst
    Lynx 1128k Newspaper article from the 12 April 1917 edition of The Tacoma Times, Tacoma, WA Michael Mohl
    Lynx 111k Newspaper clipping from the 4 June 1917 edition of the Evening Herald, Klamath Falls, Oregon

    Commanding Officers
    00ENS Charles Arthur Blake, USNRF - In command with the Massachusetts Naval Militia prior to commissioning6 April 1917 - 9 July 1917
    01ENS A. T. Dayer, USNRF9 July 1917
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The second Lynx, a motorboat built in 1916 by George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, Mass.; was purchased by the Navy from Nathaniel F. Ayer 21 April 1917; and commissioned 9 July 1917, Ens. A. T. Dayer in command.

    Lynx served as a patrol boat in the 2d Naval District, Newport until sailing to Europe in August for aviation duty. Returning to New York 30 March 1919, she was condemned to be burned; struck from the Naval Register 24 August; and burned 4 September 1919.

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