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Mustang (SP 36)

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1911 by the National Boat and Electric Co., St. Joseph, MI
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 July 1917
  • Commissioned USS Mustang (SP 36), 2 October 1917
  • Struck from the Naval Register 11 June 1919
  • Sold 23 July 1919 to Allen N. Spooner and Son of New York, NY for use as a Miscellaneous vessel
  • Registered in 1931 to John J. Bogan of Jersey City, NJ as the tug Mustang
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 37 t.
  • Length 65'
    1927 - 56'
  • Beam 12' 6"
    1927 - 12.5'
  • Draft 4'
    1927 - 7'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement: Nine
    1927 - Three
    1931 - Two
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: One 4-cylinder 70hp Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Mustang 151k

    The mustang is a free-roaming horse of the Western United States, descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish. Mustangs are often referred to as wild horses, but because they are descended from once-domesticated horses, they are actually feral horses. The original mustangs were Colonial Spanish horses, but many other breeds and types of horses contributed to the modern mustang, now resulting in varying phenotypes. Some free-roaming horses are relatively unchanged from the original Spanish stock, most strongly represented in the most
    isolated populations

    Tommy Trampp
    Mustang 133k Underway prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100219
    Naval Historical Center
    Blue Bird 172k In port, circa the late summer or fall of 1918. USS Progressive (ID 2003) is tied up alongside Westchester (SP 3103). The bow of Blue Bird (SP 465) is visible at left. Mustang is in the left middle distance
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102370

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: The first Mustang (SP-36), a wooden-hulled, gas-powered yacht, was built by National Boat & Electric Co., St. Joseph, Mich., in 1911; purchased by the Navy from her owner, Henry S. Beardsley of New York City, 6 July 1917; and commissioned 2 October 1917, Chief Boatswain A. Daunt, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the 3d Naval District, Mustang operated out of Section Base No. 7, Whitestone, Long Island, during World War I. She patrolled the western reaches of Long Island Sound and the approaches to the East River. Following the Armistice, she was sold to Allen N. Spooner and Son of New York City 23 July 1919.

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