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ex-Arcturus (SP 182)

Patrol Yacht:

  • The first Arcturus was built in 1911 by the Gas Engine and Power Co. and the Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 25 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Arcturus (SP 182), 18 August 1917
  • Renamed SP-182
  • Decommissioned 7 May 1919
  • Struck from the Naval Register in late 1919
  • Sold 4 October 1919 to Reinhard Hall of Brooklyn, NY as the yacht Arcturus
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 78 t.
    1926 - 17 t.
  • Length 90'
    1919 - 89.5'
    1926 - 43'
  • Beam 16' 6"
    1919 - 16.8'
    1926 - 14.5'
  • Draft 4' 9"
    1919 - 7.2'
    1926 - 4.1'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 16
    1926 - Two
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 87.5hp 6-cylinder Speedway gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Yacht Arcturus
    Arcturus 159k Photographed prior to her World War I Navy service, with what appears to be an amusement park in the background
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100661
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Arcturus (SP 182)
    Arcturus 119k In an icy port, circa 1917-1919
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100662
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS Samuel J. Willis, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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