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Quicksilver (SP 281)


  • Built by the Jahncke Navigation Co., New Orleans, LA
  • Acquired by the Navy 24 May 1917
  • Commissioned 26 May 1917
  • Decommissioned 28 January 1919 at New Orleans
  • Struck from the Navy Register 17 May 1919
  • Sold 30 June 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 20 t.
  • Length 50' 8"
  • Beam 10'
  • Draft 3'
  • Speed 22 kts.
  • Armament: One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: One 200hp 8-cylinder Sterling gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Quicksilver 152k Underway prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo 89433
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Quicksilver 170k Photographed circa 1917-1919, in the lower Mississippi or Gulf Coast area (Eighth Naval District). Prior to her acquisition by the Navy, Quicksilver was owned by Ernest Lee Jahncke, who later became Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Hoover Administration
    U.S. Navy photo 45272

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