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ex-Chipper (SP 256)


  • Built in 1913 by the New York Yacht, Launch and Engine Company, Morris Heights, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 15 June 1917 from C. Wetherill of Erika, Virginia
  • Commissioned USS Chipper (SP-256), 28 July 1917, and spent the rest of World War I performing Section Patrol duties in the Atlantic Coast region
  • Renamed SP-256 in April 1918
  • Struck from the Navy Register 4 December 1918 and returned to her owner
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 38 t.
  • Length 69' 6"
  • Beam 14'
  • Draft 5' 9"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 13
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 75hp 6-cylinder New York Yacht, Launch and Engine Co. gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Chipper 84k Photographed circa 1917-1918
    U.S. Navy photo NH 55159-A
    Naval Historical Center
    Chipper 91k In port during World War I.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101396

    There is no DANFS history currently available for SP-256.
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