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|At anchor, circa 1914-1916 prior to her World War I era Naval service
Naval Historical Center photos NH 99429 and NH 99430
|Photographed prior to World War I
U.S. Navy photo NH 102032
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|USS Minerva (SP 425)
|Photo from the 19 September 1917 edition of MotorBoat magazine
In Roman mythology the god of the arts and handicrafts.
Minerva (SP-425) was built by Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, Conn., in 1914; acquired by the Navy under free lease from her owner, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Bowen of New York City, 7 May 1917; and commissioned 20 July 1917, Ens. R. G. Megargel, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to the 3d Naval District, New York, Minerva served during World War I as a section patrol boat in the coastal waters of the New York area. In addition she guarded the submarine and torpedo nets in the approaches to New York harbor. After the Armistice, she was decommissioned and returned to her owner 14 January 1919.
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