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Scoter (SP 20)


  • The first Scoter was built in 1916 by George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 April 1917 and placed in service the same day
  • Struck from the Navy list in 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 21 t.
  • Length 53' 3"
  • Beam 11' 6"
  • Draft 3'
  • Speed 23 kts.
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and one .30 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two 150hp 6-cylinder Sterling gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Scoter 35k Namesake: Scoter - Any of several dark-colored diving ducks of the genera Oidemia and Melanitta, of northern coastal areas. Also called coot Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 4 June 2020
    Scoter 92k Passing USS L-1 (Submarine No. 40) while underway, probably in 1916. USS L-3 (Submarine No. 42) and USS Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32) are in the background
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65071
    Naval Historical Center
    Cossack 69k Scoter, at left, and Cossack (SP 695) near a buoy, probably in the vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts, circa summer 1917
    Collection of George K. Beach
    U.S. Navy photos NH 102841 and NH 102842
    Cossack 76k

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Charles Higginson, USNRF21 April 1917
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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